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Self-defense or murder? An investigation into a young North Carolina father’s death

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ANGIER, N.C. — The few minutes that altered lives and ended Christian Griggs’s is still a mystery to his parents.

Nineteen months later, a closed criminal case and a new civil lawsuit pose plenty of unanswered questions about the morning the 23-year-old was gunned down by his father-in-law on family property.

“Self-defense? How do you claim self-defense when you shoot a man in the back?” asked Griggs’ father, Tony Griggs, during a February interview in the family’s Angier home.

“If it was not happening to me, I wouldn’t believe it,” added Dolly Griggs, describing the couple’s ongoing legal fight for answers.

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