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Man indicted for fatal stabbing in north Forsyth
Donald Clifford Griffin

NORTH FORSYTH — A north Forsyth man has been indicted for murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of his roommate in May.

According to the Nov. 9 Grand Jury report, 57-year-old Donald Clifford Griffin faces four counts, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

According to reports from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at the time, Griffin was arrested just after midnight at a singlewide rental mobile home on Karr Road that he shared with several other people, including the deceased, Truitt Sherod Cheeley, 48.

According to the indictment report, Griffin is accused of stabbing Cheeley with a kitchen knife and “rendering useless his heart.”

Deputies arrived at the home to find Cheeley with several cuts and three stab wounds. He was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he was pronounced dead later that morning.

The two men were supposedly acquainted through Cheeley’s girlfriend, who also lived in the home. The men had reportedly been having a dispute prior to the stabbing, according to the sheriff’s office.

In the immediate aftermath, alcohol was thought to be “a factor with everyone on scene.”

No court date was listed on the indictment.