Woman’s murder trial postponed again

February 1, 2014

The murder trial of a Pecan Plantation woman jailed in Missouri and accused of fatally shooting a woman prosecutors claim was having an affair with her husband has been postponed again.

Shannon O’Roarke Griffin, 54, has been jailed in the Clay County, Mo. Jail on $1 million bond since she was arrested on Jan. 13, 2012. She is charged with the shooting death earlier that day of a VA hospital psychiatrist, Dr. Irina Anca Puscairu.

Griffin had been told by her husband, Roscoe Griffin, prior to the shooting that he was having an affair with Puscairu, according to the criminal affidavit from the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigators revealed that Puscairu was shot in the face three times from about 4 feet away, inside the home of her mother in Gladstone, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Mo.

A judge in Clay County granted Griffin’s attorneys a continuance last week, Jim Roberts, spokesman for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said. Roberts noted that a pre-trial hearing is now set for Sept. 5, 2014. Pending the outcome of that hearing, the trial is tentatively scheduled to begin Sept. 15.

The trial was originally slated for February of 2013, then Nov. 4. It was reset again for Feb. 24 before the most recent delay.

Griffin and her husband reportedly were employees of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston before they moved to Pecan.

In addition to the first-degree murder count, Shannon Griffin was also charged with armed criminal action.

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