3rd person arraigned in connection with fatal 'love triangle' shooting of Warren woman

Eric Gibson, Marcie Griffin, George Rider charged with first-degree murder


WARREN – A third person was arraigned Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman who was sitting in her vehicle in Warren.

Eric Gibson, 24, of Detroit, Marcie Griffin, 46, of Eastpointe, and George Rider, 58, of Huntington Woods, are charged with first-degree murder.

Gibson was arraigned on the first-degree murder charge and is being held without bond. He is also facing charges of receiving and concealing a firearm and other firearms violations.

Julii Johnson, 34, of Oak Park, died Jan. 13 soon after her boyfriend found her outside his condo near 13 Mile and Mound roads.

Police said it appeared to be some type of "love triangle" situation. Rider and Griffin were arraigned Thursday and were denied bond. Gibson was being held in the Wayne County Jail on unrelated charges.

Johnson was shot in her white 2016 Ford Fusion outside the Stoneridge at Heritage Village condominiums. She was taken to St. John Oakland Hospital, where she died.

She was shot multiple times in her torso and once in her forehead.

Her boyfriend found her bleeding on the front lawn. He told detectives that he saw someone wearing a hooded sweatshirt running away.

Detectives recovered video surveillance from a nearby business, and a vehicle, later identified as a Nissan Pathfinder, was seen parked in the area. A person was seen exiting the passenger side of the vehicle and walking north toward the scene of the shooting. The same person was seen returning a short time later.

K-9 units found work gloves on the path from the business to the shooting scene, and they were sent for DNA analysis.

A handgun was found Jan. 16 on the same path in heavy brush.

Police said Rider is dating Griffin, who is the ex-girlfriend of Johnson's current boyfriend. Griffin had expressed hatred toward Johnson and is believed to have enlisted Rider and Gibson in the homicide, according to police.

DNA taken from Gibson was a match to the gloves found on the path, police said.

Johnson leaves behind a 17-year-old daughter.

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