Reserve man cleared after attempted murder arrest

Published 12:11 am Saturday, August 5, 2017

RESERVE — A local man who spent a week in jail last month on an attempted murder charge has been cleared, police said, after his accuser admitted to false identification.

Byron Griffith, of Reserve, was arrested July 6 and released July 13 following his attempted second degree murder arrest, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office records indicate.

Authorities were tight-lipped in the days after Griffith’s arrest, initially saying only “detectives are still investigating (the) Byron Griffith case, and they are not ready to release more info at this time,” through a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

Sheriff Mike Tregre added this week that the victim has since come forward and admitted he falsely accused Griffith.

“We’re going to present our findings to the District Attorney and see if (the victim) is going to be arrested,” Tregre said. “We were led to believe that (Griffith) was the perpetrator. He was cleared once we did more investigation and found he was actually not the perpetrator. The victim, we brought him back in, and he admitted he was untruthful and wrongfully accused Griffith.”