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Boyfriend charged in killing of 72-year-old woman in North Baltimore, police say

Baltimore Police have arrested and charged Roderick Griffin, 56, with first and second degree murder in the death of his 72-year-old girlfriend Lillian Herndon.
Baltimore Police have arrested and charged Roderick Griffin, 56, with first and second degree murder in the death of his 72-year-old girlfriend Lillian Herndon. (Baltimore Police)

The boyfriend of a 72-year-old woman who was found dead in Baltimore on Tuesday has been arrested and charged in her death, police said.

The victim, Lillian Herndon, was found dead “with obvious signs of foul play” at her home just after 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 5500 block of the Alameda near Northwood Drive after being reported missing, police said.

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Her boyfriend, Roderick Griffin, 56, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, robbery, false imprisonment and theft, according to online court records.

The killing occurred more than a week before Herndon’s body was found, according to police. They said she was killed following an argument on April 10.

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The cause of death was asphyxiation, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which ruled the death a homicide, police said.

No attorney was listed for Griffin, whose address was listed as unknown in court records.

He previously was found guilty of theft and battery in 1989, according to court records.

Reached by phone Thursday, Herndon’s son Alvin Hutton declined to comment.

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