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DA seeks tougher penalty in stabbing

Dacula man charged with 2013 slaying of Gainesville woman

POSTED: April 11, 2014 12:26 a.m.

The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office has given notice of intent to increase the punishment in the slaying of a Gainesville woman.

Peggie Robinson, 61, was stabbed to death in Dacula by 35-year-old Wolf Griffin, according to investigators with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Police said they believe she was facilitating the custody exchange of a child between Griffin, the 6-year-old boy’s father, and her son’s ex-girlfriend, when she encountered Griffin on the afternoon of Dec. 28 at 2995 Evergreen Eve Crossing, Griffin’s residence in Dacula.

Robinson had been acting an intermediary between Griffin and the 6-year-old boy’s mother. The two were involved in a prolonged dispute over the child’s custody. And according to her obituary, Robinson had devoted a significant amount of time and energy to helping raise the child.

“In her role as Nana Peggie, she found joy and happiness,” her obituary states. “In the end, she gave her life for this child. She believed that children deserve to have adults in their lives that care about them unconditionally. Her life is testimony to that belief.”

Robinson was also described as an avid lover of animals. She served on the board of the Humane Society and could frequently be found at PetSmart working in the adoption center, her obituary states. A North Georgia College graduate, she worked in the insurance industry and later became a financial adviser in partnership with her father at Merrill Lynch in Gainesville.

Griffin was arrested at the scene. He was indicted on two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault on Feb. 19.

The maximum penalty for murder with aggravating circumstances is the death penalty. Intent to seek the death penalty is usually filed as a separate motion.

The minimum sentence for murder would be life with parole. The minimum sentence for aggravated assault is one year.

Police said Griffin admitted to killing Robinson. His defense attorney, Lewis Lawrence, filed a motion in February challenging whether the statements by his client were made voluntarily. The judge ordered Griffin to be mentally evaluated in March.

Notice was filed April 3 by the district attorney’s office, citing Georgia code, that “any criminal conduct or conviction described in the police report, or any discovery materials, would be used by the state in aggravation of punishment.” Assistant District Attorney Robbie King also filed notice the prosecution would attempt to impeach Griffin’s testimony if he testified, based on his prior criminal convictions.

Griffin is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail.


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