Tewksbury man found guilty in 2019 brutal death of girlfriend

A Tewksbury man has been convicted of first degree murder in the brutal death of his girlfriend, Jennifer Kalicki, 39, in 2019.

Eric Griffin was found guilty by a grand jury on Wednesday after Kalicki was found beaten to death in her Tewksbury flat in September.

A few days before Kalicki’s death, Griffin had just been released from Billerica Reformatory, where he was being held for drug trafficking. The only reason he got out was because Kalicki herself went to Lowell District Court and posted his $250 bond.

“This verdict signifies our commitment to hold perpetrators of domestic violence accountable,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said. “This type of controlling behavior is far too common in these cases and draws more attention to the need to address this risk to public safety and public health.”

24 hours before Kalicki was found dead, authorities say she sent disturbing text messages to Eric Griffin’s sister.

“He ripped the door off. Choked me, knocked me to the ground,” the text messages read. “Help me, please. He’s losing his mind…I just need help. I’m sick of him making me the victim.

Griffin’s sister never called the police.

“During these text messages, the victim was begging the defendant’s sister for help,” prosecutor Suzanne Wiseman told the court. “She also indicated in these text messages that the defendant tackled her to the ground and that the defendant strangled her.”

Court documents revealed a pattern of domestic violence charges against Griffin.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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