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20051020: Suspected Serial Killer Sentenced To 100 Years IL Chicago Serial Killer News
A suspected serial killer has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for the 2000 strangulation of a woman on the city's South Side.

Judge Fred Suria convicted Geoffrey T. Griffin of Chicago last month in the death of Angela Jones after watching a videotape in which Griffin described how he squeezed Jones' throat during sex after the two smoked crack cocaine.

Suria acquitted Griffin of killing Beverly Burns even though the 34-year-old's shirt and jacket were spattered with her blood. Suria said at the time he was troubled by a lack of evidence at that crime scene.

Jones and Burns were among seven women killed in the summer of 2000. The women, most of whom were participating in activities such as prostitution and drug use, were found dead in abandoned buildings in the Roseland and Englewood neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side and in nearby Harvey.

Police labeled Griffin the "Roseland Killer" after he confessed to killing Jones. He is awaiting trial in the five other killings.
 

20050922: Suspected serial killer convicted, acquitted IL Chicago Serial Killer News

A judge convicted a suspected serial killer of killing one woman but acquitted him of killing another even though the man's shirt and jacket were spattered with her blood.

In his verdict, Judge Fred Suria said that he was troubled by the lack of evidence at the crime scene against Geoffrey T. Griffin of Chicago and by the fact that there was no blood of the victim, Beverly Burns, at the scene.

Suria did find the 34-year-old Griffin guilty in the strangulation of Angela Jones after watching a videotape in which Griffin described how he squeezed her throat during sex after the two smoked crack cocaine.

Jones and Burns were among seven women killed in the summer of 2000. The women, most of whom were participating in high-risk activities such as prostitution and drug use, were found dead in abandoned buildings in the Roseland and Englewood neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side and in nearby Harvey.

Police labeled Griffin the "Roseland Killer" after he confessed to killing Jones. He is awaiting trial in the killings of five other women.

In acquitting Griffin in the slaying of Burns, the judge said he was bothered by the lack of evidence placing Griffin at the crime scene. During the trial, defense attorneys explained that Burns' blood could have gotten on Griffin when she had a bloody nose when the two were together. The judge said that there was no evidence of a bloody struggle in the building where Burns' body was found.

Griffin was arrested June 15 in the slaying of Jones, and Burns' body was not found until a week later. The judge said the body was so badly decomposed that it was impossible to determine when the woman died. The defense had argued that without knowing a time of death that Griffin could have been in police custody when the woman was killed by someone else.

While Griffin gave a statement about killing Jones, he gave no such statement about Burns.

Jeanna Burns reacted angrily to the verdict in the slaying of her mother.

"I hate you," she said to Griffin. "I hope you burn in hell."

Griffin is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 19. He faces up to life in prison for Jones' killing.

 

20050921: On tape, serial killer suspect says he panicked IL Chicago Serial Killer News

In a videotaped statement played in court Tuesday, accused serial killer Geoffrey Griffin told how he smoked crack cocaine with a prostitute, had sex with her and then strangled her in an abandoned South Side home in May 2000.

"As we were getting into it, I was squeezing on her neck," Griffin, 34, said on the videotape.

After Angela Jones stopped breathing, Griffin said, he "panicked" and ran out of the building, located at 111th and South Yale.

His attorneys say the statement was coerced and details in it don't match key physical evidence.

Griffin is charged with killing eight women in 2000, but he is currently on trial in Cook County Judge Fred Suria's courtroom for killing two: Jones, 32, and Beverly Burns, 39.

He still awaits trial in the killings of Toliya Spivey, 29; Debra Pagan, 47; Starshun Nelson, 36; Julia M. Veal, 44; and Roberta McKinney, 32, all found in the Roseland and Englewood neighborhoods, and Charquanaque Johnson, 33, found in an abandoned building in Harvey. The trial continues today.

 


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