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Three Charged in Murder of Elderly Man

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According to an arrest affidavit, Ashley Nicole Griffin, 28, was arrested and charged with an open count of murder. Griffin told deputies that she drove Kevin Jeffries and the other co-defendant, David Challender to the residence of Wallace Scott, 91. Scott was found dead in his home on Pinetree Lane on April 6th.

In the report, Jeffries advised deputies that Griffin drove him and Challender to Wallace's residence and said the plan was to get the victim to tell them his PIN number and to steal money from the residence. Once they made entry, and secured the victim, they let Griffin inside.

Griffin, Jeffries and Challender were all arrested in connection with the murder. Jeffries and Challender are also charged with an open count of murder.

Also arrested in the case were Sherri Mercer and Deborah Cupp. Both are former caregivers of Scott. Deputies say they arrested the two for allegedly stealing Scott's credit cards and for writing fraudulent checks. 

During the investigation, authorities discovered that the two males charged with murder are related to Mercer; deputies called them professional burglars,

"armed and dangerous." The suspects are also responsible for a string of burglaries near Atlanta and Alabama.

At this time, there is no reason to believe that mercer arranged the robbery. Authorities also say their investigation reveals that Scott was upset and was planning to remove mercer from his will, the week after his death.



News 13 has learned that 3 people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Wallace Scott, 91.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office says 2 suspects were apprehended in Holmes County and another in Georgia on Sunday. They issued a BOLO over the weekend and actively worked the case to make the arrests.

The Sheriff's Office is holding a news conference at 3:00 p.m. Monday to provide more details on the case.

Scott's body was found in a bedroom of his North Shore subdivision home in Lynn Haven the morning of April 6th. Neighbors called police after seeing newspapers piling up and not seeing him out for some time.

Investigators still have not said how Scott died. They have also not given a motive for the murder.