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Former deputy threatened to cut up wife

August 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A former sheriff's deputy from Temecula who allegedly threatened to kill his wife, cut her up and put the pieces in a 50-gallon, acid-filled drum pleaded not guilty on Thursday. Ronald Eugene Griffith, 46, was charged with making criminal threats and spousal abuse. Griffith is also charged with battery on a peace officer or emergency personnel.

Griffith's wife told detectives he threatened to cut her up and dissolve the pieces in acid.

In a written affidavit by Riverside County Sheriff's Detective Roman Pluimer, Griffith "told her after the body dissolved, he would drive around the desert with the dram valve on the drum slightly open, leaking her body onto the desert floor."

Griffith allegedly attacked his wife on April 26, forcing her against a closet door. According to court documents, Griffith allegedly began choking her and threatened to kill her.

Griffith allegedly destroyed the closet and left, but returned later and got into an argument with his stepdaughter. His stepdaughter made a hand gesture and Griffith allegedly bent her finger back, forcing her to the floor. Griffith then threw out his stepdaughter's boyfriend and threatened to kill him.

Details on the alleged battery on emergency personnel were not released.

Griffith is free on $50,000 bail.

The Riverside County Superior Court has ordered that Griffith return for a felony settlement conference on September 24.

 

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