Minneapolis associate pastor charged with murder

9:57 AM, May 17, 2011   |    comments
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Kristopher Miller

MINNEAPOLIS -- An associate pastor was charged Monday for the shooting death of a popular educator from North High School.

40-year-old Derrick Griffin of Minneapolis faces second degree murder charges in the killing of 27-year-old Kristopher Miller.

Last Thursday, Miller was gunned down outside his home in the 1100 block of Irving Avenue North.  Officers located his body on the front steps of the residence with multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the criminal complaint, Miller was seeing Griffin's estranged wife and the two were at a Minneapolis club just hours before the murder.  Authorities say she spotted Griffin's car parked outside the club and allegedly stated "There is my ex-husband stalking me again."

Investigators used cameras, cell phone records and ballistics to make an arrest in the case.  Authorities say a bullet recovered from Miller's body matched a live round discovered in Griffin's clothing.

Prosecutors say Griffin admitted to being in the area on the night of the shooting but said he was purchasing alcohol before returning to his girlfriend's home in Columbia Heghts.  Authorities say video surveillance shows Griffin's car driving away from the area of the shooting.

Miller served as a support staff member at North High School and had two young daughters.

Griffin is an associate pastor at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

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