An Oakland man pleaded not guilty in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez on Monday to charges that he murdered his girlfriend’s estranged husband in Concord on March 11.James Griffin, 41, has been charged with murder and the use of a knife in connection with the death of Robert Shaner, 43, who was found stabbed inside his estranged wife’s house in the 3500 block of Concord Boulevard.A neighbor called police at about 10:30 a.m. on March 11 to report a disturbance at the house and described a car seen leaving the area.A short time later, police pulled the car over on Farm Bureau Road near Concord Boulevard and arrested Griffin. Shaner’s estranged wife was also in the vehicle, police said.Meanwhile, officers entered the home and found Shaner suffering from stab wounds. He died at a hospital. Investigators believe Shaner had spent the night at his estranged wife’s home, where Griffin arrived in the morning.Shaner and Griffin allegedly became involved in an argument, which escalated into a physical fight, and Shaner was stabbed, police said.Police said they had received at least one previous report of domestic violence involving Shaner and his estranged wife. Griffin’s bail has been set at $1.05 million. He is scheduled to return to court April 14 for a bail hearing.
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