2 more face charges in fatal Cannonsburg shooting

Published 12:15 am Sunday, December 30, 2018

NATCHEZ — Two more people were arrested Saturday morning in relation to a Dec. 2 fatal shooting at Cannonsburg Park in Jefferson County, officials said.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted in the arrest of Penny Watson-Griffin, 47, Saturday in Adams County, said Travis Patten, Adams County sheriff.

Also on Saturday, Jefferson County deputies arrested Ronnie Griffin Jr., 23, of Cannonsburg, said Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker.

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Both Penny Watson-Griffin and Ronnie Griffin Jr. face obstruction of justice charges.

Penny Watson-Griffin is the mother of Larry Griffin Jr., 27, who faces a murder charge for the killing of Roderick McKnight, 40. Ronnie Griffin Jr. is a cousin of Larry Griffin Jr., officials said.

McKnight was found dead of a gunshot wound in his vehicle in Cannonsburg Park in Jefferson County on the morning of Dec. 2.

Larry Griffin Jr.’s father was later arrested on a conspiracy charge in connection to the murder.

Larry Griffin Jr., officials said, was treated for a gunshot wound at a Vicksburg hospital on Dec. 2 the same morning McKnight was found shot to death.

Walker said Larry Griffin Jr. was being held on a murder charge without bond as of Saturday, while his father, Larry Griffin Sr., was being held with a bond of $1,000,000 on a conspiracy charge.

Walker said investigators believe Larry Griffin Jr. and McKnight had a disagreement about a vehicle engine sold to McKnight by Larry Griffin Sr. when the shooting occurred.