FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2014
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Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Alabama Attorney General
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AG ANNOUNCES CONVICTION IN TUSCALOOSA
FOR WOMAN’S MURDER OF HER EX-HUSBAND
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange today announced
the conviction of an Akron woman for intentional murder. Tracey Michelle
Grissom was found guilty by a jury in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court
following a four-day trial for the murder of her ex-husband, Hunter Grissom.
Sentencing is set for September 2.
According to prosecutors, Tracey Grissom went to the 43 Boat Landing in
Tuscaloosa on May 15, 2012, and shot Hunter Grissom four times, two of
which were in the back. Although the defense argued that Grissom shot her
ex-husband in self-defense because she claimed he had raped and beaten her
in 2010, prosecutors showed on cross-examination that this was a false
allegation. Evidence by the state showed that the motivation for the murder
was for Tracey Grissom to collect a $103,000 life insurance policy she had
purchased on Hunter Grissom’s life.
“It is important that Tracey Grissom has been convicted for murdering
her ex-husband in cold blood and for financial profit,” said Attorney General
Strange. “It is unacceptable for a murderer to cast false blame on her victim
and I am pleased that the jury refused to accept this allegation.”
Tracey Grissom faces a potential sentence of 20 to 99 years or life in
prison for the murder, which is a class A felony.
Attorney General Strange commended all those involved in bringing this
case to a successful conclusion, noting in particular Assistant Attorneys
General Ternisha Miles and Stephanie Billingslea, Chief of his Criminal Trials
Division, the Attorney General’s Office of Victim Assistance and Special Agents
of his Investigations Division. He also thanked Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide
Unit for its excellent work in the case.
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