Woman’s murder trial delayed

November 9, 2013

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The murder trial of Pecan Plantation resident Shannon L. O’Roark Griffin has been delayed again, this time until early next year.

Griffin was arrested on Jan. 13, 2012, by a state trooper in Kansas and charged with first-degree murder in the death of woman she believed was having an affair with her husband, according to prosecutors in Clay County (Missouri).

Griffin, whose residence in on Tee Box Court in Pecan, was 52 at the time and has been in the Clay County Jail on $1 million bond.

The shooting victim, Irina Anca Puscariu, was shot in the face three times from about 4 feet away inside the home of Puscariu’s mother in Gladstone, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., according to investigators.

The trial was originally set for February of this year. It was delayed in order to have a mental evaluation done on Griffin. After she was cleared to stand trial, the date had been set for Monday, Nov. 4. The new trial date is tentatively set for Feb. 24, according to Jim Roberts, a spokesman for the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office.

Griffin and her husband, Roscoe Griffin, reportedly were former employees of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston before moving to Hood County. Roscoe Griffin reportedly was working as an instructor for the Junior ROTC in the Lyon County Unified School District in Kansas. Shannon Griffin reportedly was retired from her job as a training specialist for space shuttle systems.

The criminal affidavit and complaint states that Shannon Griffin was told by her husband that he was having an affair with Puscariu and would not give her up.

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