The body of a registered sex offender was found inside a home outside La Junta Friday night, prompting officials to begin an investigation into the circumstances around his death.
Byron Griffy, 76, was a funeral home director in Fowler, Colo. prior to his 2011 arrest for sexually assaulting a child. Court records indicate Griffy pleaded guilty to the charge, and was sentenced in May of this year. He was put on strict sex offender probation.
The Otero County Sheriff's Office is investigating Griffy's death as suspicious, but will not say if they believe his death is related to his sex assault conviction. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation assisted in processing the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office says an autopsy is scheduled for early next week by the El Paso County Coroner's Office. ..Source.. by KKTV.com
Cause of death released, family of Byron Griffy want him remembered for his lifelong kindness
New details today in the death of a Fowler man.
We've learned that Byron Griffy died from a gunshot wound to his head.
We spoke to those at the Otero County Sheriff Office who are investigating along with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Family members found Byron Griffy dead in a home on his farm one day before his 76th birthday.
"The circumstances surrounding the gunshot wound are still pending," said Otero County Sheriff Chris Johnson.
Griffy did plead guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child several months ago, but his family says too much focus has been placed on that.
"My sisters and I would like you to know that our father was a caring, compassionate, love man who spent his life taking care of others in their time of need," said Amy Griffy, Byron Griffy's youngest daughter.
Many in Fowler told us they always admired Griffy and do not believe he was guilty.
"God knows it," said JH McCuistion, a close friend of Griffy. "He knows the truth of this whole thing, and I feel the same way God does."
Close friends believe he only pled guilty for a lesser charge, so he would be able to see his family more often.
"There will never be anybody to change my mind that Byron Griffy was one of our greatest men to help in our community of Fowler," said McCuistion.
Griffy was described around town as a funeral director who was so giving, those who couldn't afford a funeral had one for free.
He was also President on the school board for many years and always sent a lot of flowers to people in town.
"I had a little surgery a time or two," said McCuistion. "You know, I didn't even tell him I was going to have it, but he found out and he brought me a plant."
Sheriff Johnson says nothing at this time connects Griffy's death to his recent plea.
"We're still investigating," said Sheriff Johnson. "It's still early in the investigation. We're talking to a lot of people." ..Source.. by Lacey Steele
Man Pleads Not Guilty In Murder Of Convicted Sex Offender
A Canon City man has pleaded not guilty in death of a convicted sex offender.
Anthony Wright, 43, will go to trial in September for the 2012 death of former funeral home director Byron Griffy. An autopsy showed Griffy died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Griffy, 76, was a funeral home director in Fowler, Colo. prior to his 2011 arrest for sexually assaulting a child. Court records indicate Griffy pleaded guilty to the charge, and was sentenced in May the following year. He was put on strict sex offender probation.
He was found shot to death five months later.
Wright has maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder on Thursday. He is out on a $250,000 bail. Wright will go to trial in September.
Wright and Griffy knew each other through the funeral home business. ..Source.. by KKTV.com