PURCELL — Jurors in McClain County heard emotional statements from those closest to a Dibble mother and her two children as they began the process of deciding the fate convicted triple-murderer Shaun Michael Bosse.
The jury found Bosse guilty Monday of killing 25-year-old Katrina Griffin and her two young children. Their bodies were found July 23, 2010, in their badly burned mobile home after a neighbor noticed smoke billowing out of it that morning.
Katrina Griffin and her son, 8-year-old Christian Griffin, died in a knife attack. The youngest, 6-year-old Chasity Hammer, died of smoke inhalation after Bosse locked her in a closet shortly before he set the mobile home on fire, prosecutors say.
Katrina Griffin's parents addressed the nine women and three men sitting on the jury late Tuesday afternoon. When they were finished, most of the jurors were left wiping their eyes.
Johnny Griffin, who bought Katrina Griffin a mobile home on his property so she and her young family would have a place to live, said the murders have all but destroyed his life. Some days, he says, “I don't want to go home at all.”
“For my wife and I … it's left us empty and alone,” Johnny Griffin said. “Our home will never be home again, like it was. We will miss them 'til the day we die.”
Rebecca Allen talked about her grandson, Christian, who “always thought of himself as the man of the house.”
Johnny Griffin described both of his grandchildren as “daredevils,” and said Chasity “could dance like you wouldn't believe.”
“They loved each other very much,” he said of the children.
Ginger Griffin, Katrina's stepmother, said the murders wiped away the hopes and aspirations of the grandparents. She said it's especially hard to walk outside and see the area where the young family's mobile home once stood.
“Every time I walk out the door and look over there … I'm just hoping it's a nightmare,” she said. “Our dreams for them are gone, and now we only have nightmares.”
When asked by prosecutors what kind of punishment Bosse deserves for killing their daughter and grandchildren, all three of Katrina Griffin's relatives said the same thing.
“Death,” they all said.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case. Jurors are expected to make a punishment recommendation Wednesday.
Jurors also heard from two witnesses who worked at the McClain County jail when Bosse, 30, escaped in June 2011.
Thomas Williams, who was assaulted by Bosse during the escape, told the jury the incident left him mentally scarred.
“(I felt) ashamed, disappointed and violated,” Williams said. “Ashamed I couldn't do my job.”
Prosecutors played a video of the jail on the day Bosse escaped, which shows the convicted murderer attack Williams from behind and force him into a cell.
After struggling with Williams for roughly four minutes, Bosse locked the jailer in a cell with a convicted sex offender and left the area.
Footage from another area of the jail shows Bosse interacting with former jailer Sasha Martinez, who was fired after the escape.
Bosse would eventually take Martinez's car keys and flee the area. He was apprehended roughly 10 hours later in Blanchard without incident.
Callen Stephens, a deputy U.S. Marshal, said Bosse's grandmother and a childhood friend told authorities where they could find him.
Williams and Martinez said they both feared for their lives when Bosse had control over them.
“I was scared,” Martinez said. “I seriously thought he was going to do something to me.”
Williams said Bosse even made reference to the grisly triple murder he was accused of committing.
“He asked me if I knew why he was in there,” Williams said. “He wanted to know if I thought he did it.”