STANTON — Ryan Griffee’s ex-girlfriend requested a personal protection order (PPO) against him on July 18.
“He has extreme anger issues,” the woman wrote in her Montcalm County Circuit Court request. “I am afraid if I do not get this order of protection I am not safe in my own home … He has no remorse …”
One week later, Griffee allegedly beat to death Ricky West, 57, of Coral.
Griffee, 30, of Howard City, was arraigned Monday afternoon in Montcalm County’s 64B District Court before Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Kreeger. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. He faces a sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Griffee, who has a lengthy criminal history, appeared via video from the Montcalm County Jail with his defense attorney Michelle Miller-Lyons. Griffee appeared calm and didn’t speak during his arraignment other than to say he didn’t have any questions. Kreeger set Griffee’s bond at $500,000 cash or surety and said if he makes bond, he will be required to wear a tether.
Griffee was arrested Sunday evening after Michigan State Police Lakeview Post troopers responded to a call in the 16000 block of McBride Road near Arbogast Road in Maple Valley Township around 11 p.m. Saturday, where West was discovered “severely beaten” and unresponsive.
Troopers and Montcalm County EMS performed CPR on West, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene after all attempts of resuscitation were exhausted. According to police, West died from injuries sustained from a beating. Police say they are still working to find the motive for the incident.
See Tuesday’s Daily News for the complete story.