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Official: Man wanted for 2018 Ohio slaying arrested in W.Va.

August 21, 2020 GMT

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A man wanted for a 2018 slaying in Ohio was arrested in West Virginia during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Deputies found Duane Eugene Griffin Jr., of Akron, Ohio, in the passenger seat of a car when they stopped the vehicle for a violation in Jackson County on Wednesday morning, Jackson County Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger told WSAZ-TV.

Deputies said Griffin gave them a false name during the stop, leading them to bring him and the driver, Stephan Green, also from Akron, in for further investigation. They found Griffin’s real identity when they took his fingerprints, the news outlet reported.

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Deputies also seized drugs, and a firearm they said could have been used in the 2018 homicide of Jordan Hopson.

Griffin has been booked on drug charges stemming from the traffic stop. Authorities also have begun the process necessary to extradite him back to Ohio to be charged in Jordan’s slaying, Mellinger said.

It was not immediately clear if Green was also charged, or if Griffin had an attorney who could comment.

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