Charges filed in Lynwood attack

February 3, 2012 3:17:24 PM PST
Charges were filed against a Gary man in a deadly suburban home invasion and kidnapping in which a Lynwood man was killed and his wife was kidnapped.

Prosecutors say Cecilia White met two men at party and gave them a ride to gas station, but at the station, things took a turn and one of the suspects pulled out a gun.

Prosecutors say White was attacked and forced at gunpoint to accompany the suspects on two burglaries and what would eventually lead to the death of her husband.

Friday morning Calvin Griffin was brought to court by police officers to hear the charges he faces. Griffin is charged with kidnapping, home invasion and murder.

Police say on November 28, Griffin and the other suspect - who has yet to apprehended - forced White to go to two homes.

Prosecutors say the suspects burglarized the homes and scuffled with the residents. At the first home in Ford Heights, the resident got away.

At White's home in Lynwood, when her husband Eugene White struggled with the suspects, he was shot. Eugene white died from the gunshot wound, he was 56.

"We just hope to find justice, that's it," said Eugene White's sister, Aronda Simpson. "We just want justice for all involved.

Some of White's relatives were in court and described him as the rock of the family, the oldest of seven siblings.

"My brother was one of the most liked men you ever run into," Simpson said. "He had friends everywhere. Everyone loved him."

White worked at Ford for nearly 30 years. One co-worker says white was like a father figure to him.

"He'd always smile," said Omar Williams. "He'd always he something to say to get you through the day."

In court the judge said Griffin would be held on the charges without bond.

Also in court was some of Griffin's family. They say Griffin had met Cecilia White previously.

"I just hope he isn't the one who shot this man," Griffin's father Aaron McEwen said. "I'm from out of town. I didn't know all that was going on. I just hope he's innocent."

"As far as I understand, there was suspicious circumstances with the victims," Griffins attorney Loren Middleton said.

Police have not given out any details about the other suspect still at large, but we're told a warrant has been issued for that person.

Griffin he is due back in court February 24.

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