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Luverne man charged with attempted murder

A Luverne man has been charged with attempted murder following a breaking and entering case on Friday at the 1300 block of South Forest Avenue.

Jessie James Griffin, 46, was taken into custody Friday morning.

“At 8:50 a.m. the call was received by Crenshaw County Central. The nature of the call was not quite clear,” said officer Mason Adcock.

Currently, officers are searching for a person of interest who may have more information regarding this case. He is described as a white male, average build with sandy hair. The subject entered Rite-Aid and made a purchase at approximately 7:14 a.m. of that Friday.

Officers arrived on the scene and were immediately met by a subject later identified as Griffin. After a brief conversation with Griffin, he was detained for further questioning.

Inside the house, the officers found the victim, who claimed Griffin had assaulted her with a box cutter. She sustained injuries to her face, neck, hands and arms and received treatment at Crenshaw Community Hospital.

“After further investigation, officers were able to determine that Griffin forced entry into the residence while the victim was not home and waited on her to come in,” said Adcock.

Griffin was charged with first degree burglary and the attempted murder of the victim, later identified as his ex-wife.

Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to contact the Luverne Police Department.