Murder Suspects Caught in Effingham County

Veteran police detective says similar crime details rarely point to the same suspect in multiple murder cases

A pair of murder suspects from South Carolina are behind bars in Effingham County

Thursday, Detectives from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office notified Investigators with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office that two murder suspects, Grayson Griffin and Gabrielle Davis, were staying at 430 Shelley Helmey Rd.

Grayson Griffin
Grayson Griffin
Gabrielle Davis
Gabrielle Davis


A surveillance team was dispatched to the location and verified that one of the suspects were present.

U.S. Marshall’s in South Carolina coordinated with local U.S.Marshals and team was dispatched to assist in the apprehension of the suspect.  The suspect left the residence and was pulled over by deputies at Highway 30 and Kelly Drive. After initial contact, the suspect attempted to flee but ultimately drove the stolen Dodge Charger he was driving into the ditch.

Several ounces of Methamphetamine/ICE was located inside the vehicle driven by Griffin.  Grayson Griffin was apprehended after a short foot chase and transported to the Effingham County Jail.

A search of the residence at 430 Shelley Helmey Rd revealed Davis was not at the residence.  William Eric Malphus, Lisa Price and Lamar Mongin were arrested on separate charges.  Malphus was arrested for a probation violation warrant, Price was arrested for parole violation warrant and Mongin was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. These arrests lead to information of the whereabouts of Gabrielle Davis.

U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and Effingham County Sheriff’s located Davis in Chatham County where she was subsequently apprehended and taken to Chatham County Jail.

A search of  trailer owned by Griffin yielded a methamphetamine lab. Grayson Griffin is being held without bond and awaiting extradition at the Effingham County Jail and is being charged locally with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Trafficking Methamphetamine.
Gabrielle Davis is currently being held at Chatham County Jail awaiting extradition.

Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie would to thank Berkley County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshalls Task Force who provided the initial information that lead to the above arrests.

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