The victim (Edward Aguirre) used to be 31-year-old Daniel Griffith and 30-year-old Jennifer Griffith’s neighbor in a Glendale neighborhood. Jennifer and Edward Aguirre engaged in an affair, possibly during the time that Daniel Griffith was in jail.
Jennifer admitted having invited Aguirre to the couple’s house the night of Feb. 7, 2012 under the pretense of wanting to have sex with him. Paperwork shows Jennifer agreed to call Aguirre that night because apparently her husband had found out about her other prior affairs and wanted to “scare” Aguirre. Instead, Daniel shot and killed Aguirre.
According to the probable cause statement, Jennifer knew Daniel was armed with a rifle, but didn’t think he would shoot Aguirre.
Jennifer told police that she and Daniel put Aguirre’s body in the bed of their truck and drove out to the desert at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, where they doused his body with gasoline and set him on fire, according to the court documents.
On Feb. 8, Phoenix police were called by Norma Yanez. She told the police that her husband, Edward Aguirre, had been missing since the day before, when he did not come home from work, the filing said.
Yanez said she attempted to track her husband down by using cell phone records and monitoring his bank activity. That’s when she found out that someone had tried to use his debit card, once at a Circle K and again at another convenience store, according to the documents. The PIN number was incorrect both times, so the transactions weren’t successful. Yanez also discovered that the last outgoing call from her husband’s cell phone was to former neighbors Daniel and Jennifer Griffith.
Police were able to get surveillance footage from the Circle K. The person trying to use the debit card was Daniel Griffith.
There was no video surveillance available at the other convenience store, so police showed the clerk a photo lineup. The clerk identified Daniel Griffith as the person attempting to withdraw money from Aguirre’s account.
Phoenix police served a search warrant at the Glendale apartment of Daniel Griffith and his wife, Jennifer Griffith. As they were serving the search warrant, Glendale police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle abandoned in the same apartment complex as the Griffith residence. It was parked in Daniel Griffith’s assigned spot and belonged to Aguirre, according to the documents.
Daniel Griffith was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder, abandonment and concealment of a dead body and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder, abandonment and concealment of a dead body and fraudulent use of a credit card. He is currently serving a 22 year sentence.
Jennifer Griffith was booked on suspicion of abandonment and concealment of a dead body and tampering with physical evidence. She was convicted of 2nd degree murder, abandonment and concealment of a dead body and is serving a sentence of 18 years.
Why were the defendants in this obviously PREMEDITATED, conspiracy-based murder convicted of 2nd degree murder, whereas Jodi Arias was convicted of premeditated 1st degree murder for a self-defense crime?
Where’s the logic in that, Arizona?