Lou Archie Griffin was identified as the lead suspect in the August 12, 1986 rape and murder of 22-year-old Lisa Holstead in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Holstead’s body was found by construction workers near what is now the Ken Euers Nature Park in Green Bay. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. She was last seen and getting out of her boyfriend’s car at around 2:30 am after leaving a family gathering.
A DNA profile of the suspect was obtained from semen recovered from the crime scene. There is currently no information on who conducted the FGG investigation. Police performed surreptitious sampling of Griffin’s DNA using a beer can and a cigarette butt that he discarded.
The case against Griffin is pending in Brown County Circuit Court. At first, he admitted that the DNA is his, and that he had sex with the victim, but he denied killing her. He stated to police that he was drunk and high on cocaine at the time. In September of 2022, the defence was permitted by the court to introduce evidence of an alternative suspect, which is reported to be Holstead’s boyfriend at the time she was killed.
However, on January 28, 2023, Griffin changed his plea to no contest in return for the charges being reduced to homicide by reckless conduct, a Class C felony. Griffin’s trial was to begin on January 27, 2023. He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors whereby he would plead no contest to a charge of homicide by reckless conduct. His sentencing is scheduled for March 27, 2023.
Griffin has previously been convicted of a sexual assault on a child and was on parole for this offence at the time of the murder.
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