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Thursday, June 16, 2005

15-year-old slaying case finally solved

For 13 years, the family of Glenda Tarver didn't know what had happened to her. When she went missing in 1991, they assumed she skipped town, the Sandersville Progress says. When her parents died, her siblings hoped she'd show up at the funeral, but she didn't. Last year, they finally found out what happened: She had been killed in '91 by a friend following his birthday party. The killer, Hosea Griffin, led authorities to her remains in the woods near a Sandersville church. Griffin has now pleaded guilty in her death and will have to serve 15 years, The Progress says. The Chronicle also wrote about his confession here.

According to the state prison system's Web site, Griffin, who was born in 1963 and is either 41 or 42 years old, has previous convictions for motor vehicle theft, forgery and burglary. It says that Griffin had just gotten out of prison in September 1990, which would have been about seven months before he killed Tarver. He actually went back to prison following her death on the motor vehicle theft charge from 1993-96, when he was held at Central State Prison. His offender number is 0000174258 if anyone wants to read more.

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