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Man dies, woman wounded in home invasion

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A man is dead, and a woman was shot, after the two allegedly invaded a Stockbridge home.

The deceased was identified by Henry County Police as 27-year-old John David Griffen, of Clanton, Ala. The woman who was wounded, Monica Johnson Allen, 40, of Covington, is charged with burglary.

The shooting occurred just before noon Monday, at a home on Ga. Highway 155 North in Stockbridge, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton.

He said police responded to a home-invasion call, in which one of the suspects had been shot by the resident.

"The [burglary] victim reported to police that he had heard loud noises as if someone was banging on his door," Bolton said. "He grabbed his shotgun, and as he approached the door, it crashed open and two suspects began to enter his home. The victim fired once at the suspects, and they retreated towards their vehicle."

One of the suspects -- a white male, and the second, a white female -- Bolton continued, dropped a crowbar at the front door. Griffen was fatally injured, and Allen fled the scene in a vehicle, according to the captain.

When police arrived, they discovered Griffen's body in the front yard of the residence, added Bolton.

"A lookout was placed on the female suspect, as detectives arrived to investigate the incident," Bolton said. "Just after 2 p.m., [Allen] called 911 from her home in Covington, and reported that she had been shot."

Henry County Police, added Bolton, responded to Allen's home with Newton County authorities, and made contact with her. She was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where she was treated for "non-life-threatening injuries," and released.

Allen was then arrested by Henry County Police, charged with robbery, and taken to the Henry County Jail, Bolton said. However, Allen's charge was changed from robbery to burglary by Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Robert Godwin on Tuesday, when Allen appeared in Magistrate Court, represented by attorney Greg Futch.

A warrant application for Allen, by Henry County Police Detective James Brumage, states that Allen placed the victim (the home's resident) "in fear for his life" during the incident.

Futch said he is continuing to investigate the case against his client. "I don't know a lot about the evidence at this point, and the investigation is ongoing," he said. "I've known Monica and her family for years. She comes from a good family, and she maintains her innocence."

Judge Godwin reset a preliminary hearing in Allen's case for Aug. 20.