PHOENIX — A transient couple is in custody for allegedly plotting to kill
two people after the Phoenix death of the woman’s nephew.
Authorities say 23-year-old Jessica Ann Griffin and 25-year-old Jerry Laverne
Horne are being held on suspicion of two counts of conspiracy to commit
Griffin and Horne had their initial court appearances Thursday. They were
ordered held on $250,000 bond apiece. Neither has a lawyer. Their preliminary
hearings are scheduled for March 31.
Court documents say Griffin and Horne allegedly were seeking revenge on a
couple they believe killed Griffin’s 15-month-old nephew.
The baby boy was pronounced dead at a hospital Feb. 24 after he stopped
breathing at a Phoenix hotel for unknown reasons.
Griffin is the baby’s maternal aunt and main caregiver while Horne is her