Johnny 'Jenkem' Griffen
Police Find Man Dead in Outhouse, Another Faces Charges
July 15, 2008
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - Investigators found the body of 54-year-old John Griffen in an outhouse Saturday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the head.
Later that day, investigators arrested 32-year-old Calvin Smith, Jr., and prosecutors charge him with second-degree murder.
Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs says the two men meet around July 3rd, with Smith trying to collect on a drug debt from Griffen.
"We found the deceased's body in an outhouse behind a house on County Road 614. There was no one in the house because they don't live here much after being displaced by the flood," Sheriff Dobbs said.
Sheriff Dobbs says both men are familiar with to local law enforcement because of their criminal pasts.
"This was the first murder investigation in Butler County since 2006," Sheriff Dobbs said. "It is tough for us to say, but it was bound to happen again, especially when drugs are involved."
Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs walked in a bean field Saturday when the wind helped point his nose, and investigators to what they were looking for.
"This is where investigators found the body of 54-year-old John Griffen after it spent approximetely nine days in this outhouse," Dobbs said.
A gunshot to the head began what turned out to be the first murder investigation in Butler County since 2006.