Man Charged In Deaths Of Asheville women

The Asheville man charged in a Pisgah View Apartments slaying now faces additional felony counts for the alleged murders of an Asheville couple whose bodies were found in the French Broad River.

Pierre Lamont Griffin II faces five additional felony counts including two first-degree murder charges, two charges for destroying a body or remains following an unnatural death, and one charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to warrant documents filed by the Asheville Police Department on Monday.

The bodies of Tatianna Diz, 20, and Alexandra King, 22, were found last week near the train trestle on Emma Road in the River Arts District. The young women were last seen Oct. 27 leaving their Canterbury Heights apartment in northwest Asheville.

"At this time, we have no other suspects in this case," said Asheville Police Department spokeswoman Christina Hallingse.

Police allege that King and Diz departed around 9:15 p.m. to pick up Griffin.

Earlier reports filed by Buncombe County Sheffir's Office indicate the women or Griffin were interested in buying drugs.

The women were driving King's 1988 Volkswagon Jetta to Deaverview Apartments where Griffin was waiting. The three then drove to a secluded area near the River Arts District. Griffin, 22, then shot and killed the two women, according Asheville Police Department.

Warrant documents state that Griffin stole King's vehicle by means of assault, threatening and endangering the lives of the women. He was in possession of a .38 caliber special Smith and Wesson revolver.

King's car was found bloodstained and abandoned by the river near the New Belgium Brewery on the morning of Oct. 28.

After allegedly murdering the women, police say Griffin then made his way to Pisgah View Apartments where he shot and killed Uhon Johnson. He fled the neighborhood in Johnson's Ford Expedition and led police on a three-county chase before being shot by Henderson County deputies and apprehended in Polk County.

Griffin was also charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection to Johnson's death.

After a week-long stay in Spartanburg Regional Hospital in South Carolina, Griffin was transported to the Buncombe County Detention Center Nov.3. He was a known acquaintance of all three victims.

"APD will now focus on continuing our investigative efforts in consultation with the DA's office to ensure some measure of justice for the families affected by this violent and tragic incident," in a statement to the media. "We will not be releasing further details in order to main the integrity of the investigation."

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