George Co. murder victim's father speaks out about her death

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX)- This week marks one year since a George County couple and their unborn child were killed and left inside their mobile home. A teenager is now behind bars awaiting trial for the murders of Dominique Johnson, Meleah Griffin, and their son. But family members believe their were more people involved.

Phillip Griffin says there's still emptiness in his heart a year after losing his daughter Meleah Griffin.

"She has been my heart all these years, and to see her leave and go like that, it just ain't right why she died this way," Griffin said.

Griffin says 19-year-old Meleah was four months pregnant in January 2007 when she and her boyfriend were found dead at the home they shared in the Barton community.

A month later, George County Sheriff's Deputies arrested and charged 16-year-old Deon McCants with three counts of murder. But this grieving father believes there's no way the teenager acted alone.

"With the amount of carnage in that trailer, I can't see it. Evidentially, it is possible, but I don't think so. In my gut feeling, I don't think he was by himself."

The sheriff's department says its investigation is complete, and it has turned over the case to the district attorney's office, which is prosecuting McCants.

Still, Griffin believes someone else knows something and he's hoping they'll come forward.

"I would suggest they come forward and tell somebody because it is going to eat them up inside. They are not going to be able to live with themselves if they know something and are not saying anything about it."

This heartbroken father says that's all he wants is justice for his family - justice he hopes will give him some closure.

"You can't kill someone and get away with it. It's just not right."

Assistant District Attorney Brice Wiggins says Deon McCants has been indicted, and his trial will probably be scheduled in April. Wiggins also says the DA's office has met with the victim's families and advised them of the status of the case.