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Murder or Self-Defense? The Ashlyn Griffin Story

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A Georgia woman will soon stand trial for felony murder against the same prosecutors who once sent her abuser to prison for violently assaulting her. In the Ashlyn Griffin Story, she shot and killed her boyfriend, Brandon McCray in June 2020.

She voluntarily gave statements to law enforcement after the shooting, videoed a re-enactment at the scene with detectives, and then provided a written statement of her account. She told them it was self-defense, that he was abusing her as he’d done repeatedly in the past.

Authorities, however, didn’t buy the story. Consequently, Griffin was arrested and charged with Murder and now awaits to be judged by a jury of her peers.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Barclay Black argued that Ashlyn Griffin should not be immune from prosecution. He said her claims of self defense did not reach the threshold of an affirmative defense. Citing a 2009 case, Black said that Ashlyn Griffin had to admit to “the crime” and that she failed to make her defense when she testified that she didn’t mean to kill Brandon McCray.

What do you think: Was it murder? Or self-defense?


Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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    M. McLendon February 15, 2022

    It was definitely SELF DEFENSE! I hope and pray she is found not guilty. I can not begin to imagine these people who are trying to convict her of murder. Mr. McCray got what he deserved.

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