Man who killed MPD Lt. while drunk pleads guilty, DA says

MEMPHIS, TENN. — A man charged in killing an MPD Lt. while drunk changed his plea to guilty Friday afternoon.

According to the DA’s office, Marquell Griffin, 52, was scheduled to go to trial on Monday, but instead pled guilty as charged to all counts before Criminal Court Judge John Campbell.

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Griffin struck and killed Memphis Police Lt. Myron Fair two years ago in the area of of Austin Peay Highway at Yale Road. Fair had just gotten off work when Griffin’s SUV struck his vehicle from behind, causing it to flip and roll over several lanes of traffic.

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Witnesses told police that Griffin got out of his vehicle and walked to a nearby service station where he was identified, detained and taken back to the scene.

Investigators said tests showed the SUV was traveling at 117 mph five seconds before the crash, and at 94 mph at impact. Griffin, who has two prior DUI convictions, had a .166 BAC. Several plastic baggies containing marijuana were found in his vehicle.

On Friday Griffin pled guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, all felony offenses.