Mpls associate pastor convicted of killing educator

12:14 PM, Jan 28, 2012   |    comments
Kristopher Miller
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A Hennepin County jury convicted a Minneapolis associate pastor of first degree premeditated murder Friday in the death of a popular educator from North High School.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kristopher Miller was gunned down outside his home near Irving Avenue North and 11th Avenue North in May 2011. Prosecutor say 41-year-old Derrick Griffin shot Miller multiple times in a drive-by shooting because the victim had been out with Griffin's estranged wife the night of the shooting.

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.

The jury returned a guilty verdict after six hours of deliberation Friday.

"The toxic combination of jealousy and a handgun left a good man dead and the North High community, and Mr. Miller's family, grief-stricken," said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. "We thank the jury for returning this guilty verdict so that a man who has caused so much pain will now spend the rest of his life behind bars."

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.

His conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without parole. No sentencing date has been set.

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