Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

4 Jurors Believe Verdict Was Right

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

4 Jurors Believe Verdict Was Right

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For the jurors who convicted Lee Otis Griffin of a triple murder 15 years ago, the case is now a distant memory. One juror, however, said she thinks he should be freed.

At least one member of the jury has died, and others could not be found. Four who were contacted by a reporter said they thought their decision was right, based on the facts they were given at the time. Even Griffin agrees. He said he bears no ill will toward any of the jurors.

"He did have his chance to tell his side of it," said juror Cecelia Cunningham of Cahokia.

Griffin admits that "his side of it" - the alibi he gave at his trial - was false. He had walked in on a shooting he was helpless to stop, and could not tell the truth without convicting his co-defendant, Jimmy Lee Sm ith, he explained.

Cunningham said she had followed news accounts of Griffin's story with interest, and concluded he "just might be" innocent. She said she thought that at least he should have been tried separately or had a separate defense attorney. …

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