Man gets life in prison for killing boyfriend in 2016 Williamston murder

WILLIAMSTON, NC (WITN) - A Rocky Mount man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a Martin County jury found him guilty of killing his boyfriend more than three years ago.

On Friday, Travis Davenport was found guilty of first degree murder and armed robbery in the death of Michael Griffin.

The man was found dead in his Williamston home on January 19, 2016, after he didn't show up for his dialysis treatment. Griffin died of 28 stab wounds to his neck and head, according to an autopsy,

District Attorney Seth Edwards says the two men were involved in a relationship "that was volatile at times". Witnesses testified that the night before the murder, Davenport was picked up from Griffin's home after an apparent argument, and later he was taken back to the home.

Edwards says Griffin was known to be a drug dealer and witnesses testified that he had a lot of money the day before the murder. The man's wallet and cell phone were never found.

The D.A. says Davenport killed Griffin after catching him with another man, took his money, and then spent it.