A fire had ravaged the home of Julie and Keith Griffith in McCracken County, Kentucky in 2014. Julie’s charred corpse was found in the master bedroom. Keith was allegedly in Indiana on business. An autopsy found Julie wasn’t just burned; she’d been shot also. Keith was charged with the death of his wife of 35 years. Prosecutors say his motive was life insurance money and his desire to start a romantic relationship with a woman named Deanna Cloe. Cloe testified that she didn’t want a relationship with Griffith — but she did receive gifts (flowers, jewelry, purses) from him.
The day after the fire, Cloe says she found out Keith was still married. “I broke down crying because I didn’t know,” she said. The prosecution questioned her trustworthiness. “So all this time you were around him, you never checked his Facebook?” She said no. “You’re a trusting soul aren’t you?” she was asked. “I am to a fault,” she said. In January 2016, Keith Griffith pleaded guilty to killing his wife and setting their home on fire. Dateline NBC will air its investigative report on April 8 at 10pm.