GREENSBORO, N.C. – 29-year-old Brittany McKinney was charged with three counts of First Degree Murder for allegedly shooting a man and two children. The victims were 61-year-old Jerry Griffin, McKinney’s 10-year-old daughter McKenzie, and her 2-year-old niece Serenity. The alleged incident happened on New Year’s Day.
According to a CBS news article, on January 1, 2020, police responded to a call for a welfare check at a house in a southeast Greensboro subdivision. That’s when they discovered the bodies of three victims with apparent gunshot wounds. It was Ms. McKinney’s sister, Delilah Merritt, who called the police claiming that Ms. McKinney said on the phone that she ‘shot everybody in the house.’ According to a FOX8 report, Ms. McKinney was later involved in another incident, where her vehicle crashed onto a utility pole and another car. When police responded to the hit-and-run call, they confirmed that the vehicle involved belonged to the 61-year-old victim, Jerry Griffin. Ms. McKinney was found by police moments later at a nearby convenience store, where she was arrested.
In North Carolina, First Degree Murder is defined as a willful, deliberate and premeditated killing. It is a capital offense. Those who are convicted of this crime could face life in prison or even death by lethal injection. North Carolina is one of twenty states that enforce the death penalty. Learn more about murder laws here.
All individuals accused of crimes are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.