Prosecutor says evidence points to justifiable force; sheriff expresses surprise


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Within the law: Prosecutor Michael Griffin concluded Elizabeth Roberts (pictured) was trying to stop her husband, Gary, from hurting others.


GREENFIELD — Less than a week after Gary Roberts was killed in his Greenfield home, the woman who shot him – his wife of 31 years – was released from jail and faces no charges in his death.

Just as a 72-hour hold on Elizabeth Roberts, 56, was set to expire Thursday morning, Hancock County Prosecutor Michael Griffin declared he would not pursue a case against her.

He had previously stated he was weighing charges including murder and involuntary manslaughter.

The issue came down to whether Roberts was in reasonable fear for someone else’s life when she pulled the trigger.

Griffin concluded Roberts had good reason to believe her husband could be dangerous, and he says she did not commit a crime when she used deadly force to stop him. Law enforcement, on the other hand, expressed surprise at Griffin’s decision not to charge the shooter.

Click on this link to read Prosecutor Michael Griffin's motion to the court

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