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Boyfriend arrested in Palmdale mother's fatal stabbing [Updated]

March 29, 2011 | 10:21 am

Map shows location of Sunday's stabbing in purple, as well as nearby homicides in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report. The boyfriend of a Palmdale mother of six stabbed to death in her home as her children slept was behind bars Tuesday after being booked on a murder charge in connection with the killing, investigators said.

Kenneth Roger Griffin, 51, walked into the Palmdale sheriff's station about 7:45 p.m. Monday after detectives had been searching for him since Sunday morning, when Andrea Perry's body was found by two of her teenage daughters.

[Updated, 10:40 a.m.: At least two  homicides have been reported within two miles of Sunday's stabbing since January 2007, according to coroner’s data collected for The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.]

Officials named Griffin as a person of interest in the case, and sheriff's homicide investigators had appealed through the media for him to come in and be questioned.

Griffin arrived at the Palmdale station Monday evening with an attorney and was arrested and booked, officials said.

He was at Perry's home Saturday evening but when her children awoke Sunday and found their mother stabbed to death, he was gone, said Lt. David Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Griffin told KTLA-TV that he left the home at 11 p.m. Saturday.

Perry's body was discovered about 9:30 a.m. Sunday inside her house in the 39000 block of Desert Holly Lane, Dolson said.

Perry's older children told KTLA-TV that Griffin was at their house when they went to bed Saturday night.

Griffin was being held without bail and was transferred Tuesday morning to the downtown L.A. Inmate Reception Center.


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Map: Shows location of Sunday's stabbing in purple, as well as two other homicides in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report

Click to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report