Court documents allege that man used baseball bat to kill wife in Midwest City
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (KOKH) —
Midwest City police say that a man will be extradited to Oklahoma to face a first degree murder charge in connection to the death of his wife.
Cynthia Griffin, 53, was found dead inside her home late Sept. 9 in the 5700 block of SE 5 Street.
That same day Midwest City police had been contacted by the Kansas Highway Patrol who stated they had found Griffin's husband, 58-year-old Gary Don Griffin, out of gas along I-35. The troopers stated that Gary was acting strange and stated the black Crown Victoria he was driving belonged to his wife. The trooper also observed Cynthia's airport identifications hanging from the mirror of the vehicle.
The trooper asked Midwest City police to perform a welfare check on Cynthia. An officer went by her home and knocked on the door but did not get an answer. Gary was taken into custody and transported to the Butler County Jail in El Dorado, Kansas for a parole violation out of Texas.
Several hours later, Midwest City police were contacted by Cynthia's family who stated she had missed several days of work and hadn't returned any calls. An officer went back to the home and found the front door unlocked. Inside a bedroom, they found Cynthia dead from apparent blunt force trauma.
Police found a bat covered in hair and blood and observed that the suspect had washed their hands in the bathroom sink before leaving. Cynthia's family stated an unknown man had answered their mother's phone and texted them back on the device. Authorities pinged the device and found it along with a man near SW 29 and S. Meridian.
The man stated he had bought the phone for $25 early Sept. 9 after being approached by an unknown man, who was later confirmed to be Gary Griffin, outside a store along Meridian. The man then allegedly set Griffin up with a prostitute at a hotel in the area. At Griffin's hotel room, the man observed a bloody towel.
The man told authorities that later he was approached by Griffin at Hustler Hollywood. Griffin reportedly asked him to see the phone. The man stated that he believed Griffin was attempting to "factory reset" the phone. He told police that Griffin was driving a black Crown Victoria.
On Sept. 11, Midwest City police traveled to Kansas to speak with Griffin. He allegedly stated that Cynthia had been "nagging" him about money after she came home from work. He stated that he struck her several times with a baseball bat while she laid on the bed in the home, according to police.
After staying in a hotel, he left Sept. 9 and attempted to drive to Colorado to "start over and look for a new job".
Griffin will be extradited to Oklahoma to face a first degree murder charge.