NANCY GRACE THE TRUTH UNCOVERED
Nancy Grace, 47, commentator for Court TV.
A “Victim of a violent crime”
The Murder of Keith Griffin.
What has she told us about what happened that violent day?
In searching through interviews, magazine and newspaper articles here is what she has said.
Then there are the documented facts gleaned from interviews with Jurors, Attorneys, Judge, Witnesses and newspapers in the area.
First the date, she has said at various times, it happened in 1987, 1985, 1982 and 1980. You would think a date that according to Ms. Grace “changed her life forever” would be burned into her soul. A seminal event!
The date was August 6, 1979.
She said it happened in a remote wilderness.
It was on the entrance road to the Georgia Kraft Plywood Co. and US Hwy. 278, 1 ½ miles from downtown Madison Ga.
She said her boyfriend did not know his assailant.
They were friends, work for the same construction Co. In fact the prosecutor at trail based part of his case on the assailant killing a friend.
She said her boyfriend was 25.
He was 23. 
She said the assailant was 25.
He was 19,
Said assailant was on parole
He was not.
Said he had a record.
He did not.
Said it was a murder for profit.
It was not.
The man was out for revenge after being fired from his job at the construction Co.
Said her boyfriend was driving a jeep,
It was a Bronco that belonged to the Construction Co.
Said it was robbery.
It was not.
Said they found Keith’s wallet with $35.00 and her picture in McCoy’s home
No wallet was found in his home. Just the 38 cal. revolver Ser# 33866. (Griffin’s wallet was found several days after the incident in the Bronco, by Eli Ingram,)
Said it was a mugging.
It was not.
Said it was random.
It was not.
Said he was still alive when he arrived at the hospital.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Said she was asked by Joe Briley the District Attorney if he should seek the death penalty. Grace said she told him No and has regretted it ever since. (If that were true you would think Briley would have asked Griffin’s parents. rather than a 21 yr. old kid).
The State did ask for the Death Penalty. The jury voted against it.
Two Jurors, a Bailiff, a Defense attorney a Court Reporter and Judge do not remember any “white girl testifying”. (The transcripts were destroyed in a fire.) .
The Defendant never looked at her.
The accused stared at the floor during the entire trial. In fact he never spoke a word to his lawyer or anybody before, during or after the trial. (One exception)*
She said McCoy’s defense was “didn’t do it, you got the wrong guy
The truth is... there was never a doubt by anyone he did the crime (there is a confession)
The defense was insanity.
Said the Jury was out 3 days.
Jury was out 5 hrs.
She said there were many appeals.
There were none
Says she is 44 years old
.She is 47.
Documented narrative of what really happen August 6, 1979.
Keith Griffin 23, from Athens GA. and Tommy McCoy 19, an illiterate, mentally challenge Blackman, worked together for the Ingham Construction Co. on the Georgia Kraft Plywood Co. site outside Madison Ga.
McCoy was fired and was out for revenge. On Monday the 6th of August Mccoy left his house with a 38 cal. Revolver stashed in a brown paper bag.
Keith Griffin had taken the company Bronco to town to pick up lunch. Returning to Kraft he saw McCoy walking down the Company road at the intersection of US Hwy. 278.
Griffin stopped either to talk or to give a ride to McCoy. It is not clear which.
McCoy fired six shots at point blank range, five of which found their mark... McCoy then dumped the body in the back seat and in his rush, drove the Bronco in a ditch.
Joe Brown, a maintenance worker for the plant drove by in his truck and not knowing what had happed offered to help McCoy. He refused. Brown drove a few yards decided to return. He told McCoy he would take him to the hospital because of all the blood on his shirt.
The assailant then jumped in the passenger side of Brown’s truck, put the gun in the f ace of the Maintenance worker and pulled the trigger twice, ( At trial he said the gun looked like a “stove pipe”) The gun was empty, Brown ran and McCoy took of in his truck..
Minutes later friends of Brown’s showed up and said they saw the truck and knew where it was. It was parked in McCoy’s driveway. He was arrested a few minutes later with the gun in his possession.
Keith Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tommy got a lawyer, a good one, Billy Prior. According to Prior, McCoy never said a word to him before, during or after the trail. (One exception)*. During the entire 1 ½ day trail the defendant stared at the floor without moving. Prior did a magnificent job explaining the psychiatric reports and mental history of the retarded defendant. McCoy had been judged “mildly retarded” by the Ga. Central State Hospital. (By the way, no one remembers a “white girl” testifying.)
It worked! The jury turned down the death penalty.
When the Jury came back and announced they would not render a death penalty verdict. McCoy turned to his lawyer and uttered his only words. “Does that mean I’m gonna live”?*
Tommy McCoy, GDC ID: 0000400964 was convicted of murder, aggravated assault (Brown) and found not guilty of robbery. He was sentence to life, with possibility of parole.
He is in his 26th year at the Hancock State Prison at Sparta Ga,
Sources: Interviews with two Jurors, Judge, Attorneys, Court Reporter, the Bailiff. Court and documents,
Larry King Live., New Republic, Atlanta Journal, the Madisonian and Macon Telegraph. Newspapers.
Interview Sources and Documents
Bill Scholly, Investigator, Buckhead Ga. email@example.com
Bill Prior, Attorney for Mccoy. Madison Ga.
Joe Briley, District Attorney. Madison Ga.
Columbus Johnson. Sheriff. Madison Ga.
Don and Eli Ingram, Ingram Construction Co. Madison GA.
Hugh Thompson, Judge. Madison Ga.
Roy Dobbs, Jury Foreman. Madison Ga.
Alonzo Farmer, Juror. Madison Ga.
Joe Brown, Second Victim. Madison Ga.
Janet Wilkerson, Court Reporter. Milledgeville Ga.
Sentencing Documents. (Available on request)
Notice to suppress evidence. (Available on request))
Mccoy’s Personal History. (Available on request)
Jury Instructions. (Available on request)
 Madisonian Oct 19 1979
 Atlanta Journal October 8, 1995
 Joe Brown, Briley,Ingram
 Court Documents
 LKL show April 26, 2003
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