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Murder shaped career of Court TV reporter

I watch Court TV and am always impressed by Nancy Grace. What is her background? She mentioned that her fiance was murdered. Was the person who killed him caught?

Grace joined Court TV from the Fulton County district attorney's office in Atlanta, where she served for a decade as special prosecutor of major felony cases. According to her biographical sketch on the Court TV Web site, she compiled a perfect record of nearly 100 felony convictions at trial and no losses. She was a Law Review graduate of Mercer Law School in Macon, Ga., and received her Master of Laws in constitutional and criminal law from New York University. She also was a litigation instructor at Georgia State University School of Law in Atlanta and a business law instructor at Georgia State's School of Business.

Grace hosts the daily trial coverage program Closing Arguments on Court TV and is a substitute host of Larry King Live on CNN. Her radio program Rapid Fire with Nancy Grace premiered in February on Clear Channel's KNEW-AM and is heading to syndication. Her first book, titled Objection!, will be in stores in June.

Her fiance, Keith Griffin, was killed in 1982. As reported by the New York Times, the slaying occurred during a botched mugging in Madison, Ga. After his death, Grace told the New York Times, she decided to dedicate her life to fighting for victims' rights and enrolled in law school.

Neither she nor Court TV publicists responded to inquiries about the murder case. Grace was quoted in a 1995 newspaper article as saying the defendant was still in prison at that time.

Have a question about the news? Colin Bessonette will try to get an answer. Call (404) 222-2002 or write to him at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, P.O. Box 4689, Atlanta, GA 30302, or e-mail him at q&aajc.com.

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