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Man charged in workplace shootings arraigned in Michigan

February 7, 2018

In a booking photo provided by the Oakland County Sheriff, Vernest Griffin in shown. The suburban Detroit man has been charged in connection with one of two fatal shootings at separate businesses. Griffin was arraigned Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at a hospital on first-degree murder and gun charges in the death of Eriberto Perez. Perez was shot Thursday, Feb. 1, at an aluminum stamping firm in Oakland County's Pontiac. About an hour earlier, Keith Kitchen was slain at a trucking company in Wayne County's Taylor. Police have said Griffin lost his job at that company in November. (Oakland County Sheriff via AP)

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A man facing separate murder charges in two Michigan counties has been arraigned in one of the slayings.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Wednesday that 45-year-old Vernest Griffin was arraigned in a hospital where he is recovering after a shootout with police.

Griffin faces first-degree murder and other charges in connection with Thursday’s fatal shooting of 60-year-old Keith Kitchen at a trucking business in Taylor, southwest of Detroit.

Authorities said Griffin lost his job at the company in November.

He was arraigned Monday on first-degree murder and gun charges in the slaying of 58-year-old Eriberto Perez at an aluminum stamping firm in Pontiac.

Griffin faces a Feb. 21 probable cause conference in Taylor District Court.

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