Moments after South Carolina granted a posthumous pardon to Thomas and Meeks Griffin for a controversial murder conviction nearly 100 years ago, their great-nephew, talk show host Tom Joyner, shared the news with his 8 million daily listeners of his syndicated radio show.
"We got it! We got it!" an ebullient Joyner told listeners of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," carried in the Columbia market on WLXC-FM KISS 103.1.
Nine Joyner family members from Mississippi and Texas traveled to Columbia on Wednesday to hear the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services board render a verdict - believed to be the first posthumous pardon in a capital case in state history.
The Griffin brothers were executed in 1915 for the 1913 murder of 73-year-old John Q. Lewis, a Confederate veteran in Blackstock.
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