PAWTUCKET â€“ A Superior Court jury has convicted a local man in the attempted murder of his girlfriend.
Erwin â€śEarlâ€ť Grantley, 45, was found guilty of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling with intent to murder and domestic breaking and entering.
The jury returned the verdict on Thursday after two full days of deliberations. The trial before Superior Court Associate Justice Susan E. McGuirl had lasted six days.
During the trial, the state proved that on the morning of May 28, 2009, Grantley broke into the home of his former girlfriend in Providence and confronted her regarding her whereabouts. Grantley punched the victim in the face, pushed her to the floor and began to strangle her until she lost consciousness. Grantley then stabbed her in the chest.
The victim woke up to Grantley holding her cell phone charger cord around her neck. She was able to free herself from the cord, throwing it away. Grantley later fled and the victim made her way upstairs where her sons were sleeping. One of her sons called 911 while the other observed Grantley leaving in his motherâ€™s SUV.
Grantley had been released from the Adult Correctional Institute to home confinement parole on May 20, 2009, just eight days prior to the assault, after serving approximately one year of a two year sentence for violating his probation, said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
Grantley has a long criminal record, including multiple convictions for domestic assault and assault with a dangerous weapon. He has been held without bail since his arrest following the assault. His last known address was at 34 Corrente Ave. in Pawtucket.
Detectives John Mellor, now retired, and Robert Firth led the investigation for the Providence Police, and Special Assistant AG Diane Daigle prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.