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Griffin murder trial begins

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BRAZOS COUNTY- The capital murder trial of Stanley Griffin started Monday at the Brazos County Courthouse in Bryan.

Griffin is charged with strangling Jennifer Hailey back in September 2010 in her College Station apartment and stabbing her 9 year old son with a garden tool.

The jury heard from several witnesses today including Jennifer Hailey's son and her mother.

Stanley Griffin sat in the courtroom with no emotion listening to testimony from one of his friends.

Chipper Rogue testified that he dropped Griffin off at the intersection of Pedernales Drive and Navarro the night of the murder. The same street where Jennifer Hailey was strangled to death in her apartment on the 2400 block of Pedernales Drive and her son survived several stab wounds to the neck.

"He just grabbed me and he got my neck and I passed out," Hailey's son said during testimony.

The son called his grandma Nancy Hailey the morning of September 20th, 2010, During her testimony she said her grandson told her there was a man in the house and had killed his mother.

Nancy Hailey described to the jury what it was like when she got to her daughter's home.

"It was all roped off and they were sure she was dead." Nancy Hailer said, "So we went to see about my grand baby in the hospital. He had been stabbed and choked and was pretty bad off. They said if he had an inch, not even an inch, and his jugular vein would have been cut."

The defense claims Hailey's son told law enforcement and EMS workers different stories each time. They are claiming his statements about what happened that night are not consistent.

Stanley Griffin is pleading not guilty in the capital murder case.

According to the defense attorneys Griffin has already served 12 years behind bars for breaking into a woman's home and attempting to strangle her in May of 1990 in Washington County.