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North Forsyth man sentenced to life in prison for murder of stepdaughters boyfriend
Griffin was roommates with victim when he stabbed him with a kitchen knife
Donald Clifford Griffin
Donald Clifford Griffin. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

NORTH FORSYTH – A north Forsyth man has been sentenced to life in prison after a Forsyth County Superior Court jury found him guilty of the 2015 murder of his roommate.

Donald Clifford Griffin, 58, was convicted of felony murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault on Nov. 4, according to court documents, and will be transferred to state prison.

Griffin was arrested just after midnight on May 17, 2015, at a singlewide rental mobile home on Karr Road that he shared with several other people, including the deceased, 48-year-old Truitt Sherod Cheeley.

Griffin stabbed Cheeley with a kitchen knife, according to reports.

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.

Cheeley was the boyfriend of Griffin’s stepdaughter, who also lived in the home, according to Forsyth County District Attorney Penny Penn.

The two men had a dispute prior to the stabbing, in which alcohol was thought to be “a factor with everyone on scene.”

The jury found him not guilty of malice murder.

Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson presided over the case.