Two Families Hurt As Pastor Goes To Prison For Murder

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minneapolis minister is heading to prison for life, but his conviction was bittersweet for the family of the man he killed.

Both families – that of the killer and the man killed — have known each other for more than 50 years.

A jury found former pastor Derrick Griffin guilty of shooting and killing 27-year-old Kristopher Miller at his home on Irving Avenue North in May.

Miller’s brother, Craig, said Miller was a hard-working man who wanted to be a police officer in the North Minneapolis Community where he grew up.

“He was always the big protector for everyone,” Craig Miller said.

He also said he was shocked when he learned that a man he grew up with killed his brother.

“It’s very hard to find out that someone I use to hang out with — play with — was responsible for my brother’s death,” Craig Miller said.

Craig Miller also said he and Griffin grew up on the same block and that their families were close. That relationship made the trial hard to sit through.

Prosecutors painted a picture of a love triangle and a fit of jealously that led to murder. They say Miller spent his last evening alive having drinks with the pastor’s estranged wife.

Craig Miller said his brother was doing what came naturally to him – being a protector.

Miller walked the woman to her car and was shot as he returned to the bar. Prosecutors used cell phone records and surveillance video to show Griffin was in the area of the shooting.

“Personally, I was a little conflicted. I was happy that the jury came back with verdict that they did,” Craig Miller said. “Same time, I also know the defendant… we went through school together.”

Craig Miller said the Griffins are good people, and he does not blame the family for the actions of one member.

For now, the Miller family will concentrate on making sure Miller’s two young daughters are surrounded by love.

Miller will also be missed by students at North High School, where he worked.

“He had a real big interest in the kids at North High,” Craig Miller said. “He talked about those kids all the time.”

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  • mark

    how sad for everyone

  • Fitting

    Gotta appreciate he was a pastor, how is it possible to preach goodness then murder someone? Just another reason going to church is a lie.

    • Jack Meahaugh

      You’re right on. You couldn’t be more clear on this issue. Please continue to show us more of your insight.

      • James Hetfield

        Time for lust, time for lies
        Time to kiss your life goodbye
        Send me money, send me green
        Heaven you will meet
        Make a contribution
        And you’ll get a better seat
        Bow to leper messiah

        • Jason

          Master of puppets im pulling your strings
          Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams.

    • alligator

      i agree

  • justsayin....

    You can’t convict an entire religion/religious community based on the actions of a few. Goes to show that we are all sinners in need of a savior, even those trained to preach the Gospel!

    • alligator

      keep on believin the fairy tale…… all religion is a hoax perpetrated on simple minded people who need to believe in something……its all just a big trick that has been paying off for thousands of years..

    • James Hetfield

      @justsayin….Marvel at his tricks, need your Sunday fix
      Blind devotion came, rotting your brain
      Chain, chain
      Join the endless chain, taken by his glamour
      Fame, fame
      Infection is the game, stinking drunk with power
      We see
      Witchery, weakening
      Sees the sheep are gathering
      Set the trap, hypnotize
      Now you follow

  • jackie w

    Stupid ghetto pastor! Have fun rotting in prison.

    • bill.e.goat

      Stupid suburban housewife! Have fun rotting in ignorance.

  • Rocky

    I thought all splibs were “Pastors” ……anyway Allegator is right, it’s all just a trick that has been invented 1000’s of years ago…….

  • Keneshia Fautwah

    This is all racially based decision to convict. This would never happen to a white pastor.

    • Kevin

      Oh F*ck You POS…

      • ReNee


    • ReNee

      As the mother of the victim’s daughter. I think it is outrageous you would make this about race. I don’t give a damn if he was black, white, purple, orange or blue. The facts are the facts and until you have sat in that trial with a crying child on your arm please do not make comments you know NOTHING about. This “Pastor” was found guilty not based on race but based on the facts that he had matching bullets in his pockets to the bullets left in Kristopher’s back. He was convicted because there are witnesses putting him in the area saying what he was going to do, there was video footage of him coming into and leaving the area. Let’s not make ignorant comment Thank You!

  • Obv.

    You can only polish a turd so much, it will still be a turd in the end.

  • jody

    blacks committing murder……


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