George Rider, Marcie Griffin, Eric Gibson.

Left to right: George Rider, Marcie Griffin, Eric Gibson. (Booking photos)

Trio Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Warren Love Triangle Killing

June 07, 2019 - 5:06 pm

WARREN (WWJ) - Three people has been convicted of first degree pre-meditated murder in a Macomb County killing linked to a love triangle. 

Marcie Griffin of Eastpointe, George Rider of Huntington Woods and Eric Gibson of Detroit each face life in prison without parole for the slaying of 34-year-old Julii Johnson, more than two years ago. 

“This entire murder came about because of one woman’s enraged jealousy!” said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith.

Johnson was gunned down on January 13, 2017, outside a condo in the Stoneridge at Heritage Village subdivision near 13 Mile and Mound in Warren, where she lived with her boyfriend -- the father of Griffin's children.

A manhunt ensued, but police couldn’t find her killer.

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FILE: Police search for evidence outside the victim's home. (Photo: Charlie Langton/WWJ)

A break in the case finally came in the form of a glove found on a brush-covered trail that led from the parking lot of a nearby LA Fitness. A deeper search of the area recovered a handgun, police said, and surveillance video from the gym parking lot then led to their suspect, 24-year-old Eric Gibson.

Lab tests, police said, were able to link Gibson’s DNA to the glove; and further investigation uncovered a plot that involved two additional suspects.

Investigators found that a jealous Griffin, who hated Johnson for dating her ex, had enlisted the help of Gibson and Rider to pull off the murder.

One of the most critical pieces of evidence introduced by the prosecution was a text message exchange between Marcie and Rider two hours after the murder, which prosecutors say illustrated the conspiracy: 

     Rider stated, “Good morning sunshine, today is a beautiful day. Friday the 13th”
     Marcie: “LOL . . .” 
     Rider: “I hope you understand!” 
     Marcie: “Evrythg bout I undrsantd.”

Sentencing is scheduled for July 31.

 “Today, our entire staff is grateful to the jury for carefully examining the evidence and delivering justice to Julii Johnson and bringing some sense of peace to her family," Smith said. "A special thank you for the remarkable investigation done by Warren PD and their tireless efforts on this case.”