Not-guilty plea entered in Gladstone murder case

A Texas woman charged in the death of a Kansas City area psychiatrist pleaded not guilty Monday in the slaying.

Shannon O’Roark Griffin, 52, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Irina Puscariu, who was killed in her Gladstone home Jan. 13. O’Roark Griffin is being held in the Clay County Detention Center and appeared Monday through a video conference. A not-guilty plea was entered on her behalf by Associate Circuit Judge Janet Sutton. O’Roark Griffin is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 24. She is being held on $1 million cash bond.

O’Roark Griffin, of Granbury, Texas, was arrested Jan. 13 in southern Kansas and had been jailed in Sedgwick County, Kan. She waived her right to fight extradition and arrived at the Clay County jail Thursday.

Authorities said the former NASA training specialist allegedly drove 250 miles to shoot and kill her husband’s mistress after he refused to end the extramarital affair. O’Roark Griffin shot Puscariu three times from a distance of about four feet, then left.

She then called her husband, Roscoe L. Griffin, and told him what she had done, according to court documents. Roscoe Griffin called the police.

Puscariu’s mother, Aneta Puscariu, later told police her daughter answered the door of their home to a woman who came inside and shot her to death, according to court records.

Aneta Puscariu later identified O’Roark Griffin from photographs, court records stated.

Roscoe Griffin attended the hearing. He did not speak to reporters afterward.