Virgil Griffin

In September 1979 he assembled about 100 Klansmen and National States’ Rights members in Louisburg, N.C. to form a new alliance called the United Racist Front. He said, “We’re coming back strong, people don’t know it yet. It’s underground. But we’re coming back stronger than we were in the ‘60s.”

In February 1980, he was ordered to stand trial on a felony charge of aiding and abetting in the burning of a cross at the home of a Lincoln County family on January 19. On March 31, Superior Court Judge sentenced Griffin to a term of 1-3 years plus three years on probation. The judge ordered Griffin to serve six months of the sentence on work release and suspended the rest of the term.

April 21, 1983, Griffin along with eight others was indicted on charges stemming from the 1979 shootout. They were charged with violating two subsections of 245: (b)(2)(B)-a conspiracy to violate the rights of persons because they were participating in an integrated activity.” Ed Dawson and Griffin were issued separate indictments for conspiring to interfere with the federal investigation
May 7, He and David Matthews were released to family members with stern warnings not to threaten witnesses and not to leave Gaston County except to visit family in South Carolina and parole officers in Charlotte.
The trial began January 9, 1984 in Federal Court in Winston-Salem, with verdicts of “not guilty” on April 15, 1984.

The 1980 Guilford County Superior Court criminal trial, N.C. v Fowler found fourteen Klansmen and Nazis – six were tried for first degree murder - not guilty on all counts.

The 1984 criminal trial, U.S. v Griffin, charged nine Klansmen with conspiracy to violate the rights of persons because they were participating in an integrated activity was tried in Federal Court in Winston-Salem. The April verdict found all defendants “not guilty”.

Source: News & Record archive; “Codename: Greenkil” by Elizabeth Wheaton, 1987.

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