The Iris of Evil, Charles McDonald and Ericka Graham

In season three, episode 28, we see The Iris of Evil, the true story of the murder of Ericka Graham by Charles McDonald. and the love story of Charles McDonald and Ericka Graham which doesn't end well for Ericka.

This show is described as A single mother meets a handsome stranger, but their romance ends when she is discovered shot to death in her bedroom. The state's theory at trial was that Charles, who purchased a .25 caliber semi-automatic weapon the day before the shooting, went to the victim's apartment, between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. and, while she was sleeping, shot her in the head at close range.

Charles McDonald was sentenced to 18 years to life and is eligible for release in 2024. 
His appeal (see link) includes:

The state's theory at trial was that appellant, who purchased a .25 caliber semi-automatic weapon the day before the shooting, went to the victim's apartment, between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. and, while she was sleeping, shot her in the head at close range. The state presented the testimony of Michael Karibian who stated that on September 24, 2006, appellant came to his home and purchased a .25 caliber semiautomatic weapon. According to Karibian, appellant told him that he wanted the gun to protect his vehicle. Karibian stated that appellant called him twice after the shooting wanting know if the police had contacted him and requested that, if they did, he inform them that appellant purchased a .22 caliber rather than a .25 caliber weapon. The shell casing found at the crime scene was consistent with the gun sold to appellant.


State's witness, Shekita Henderson, testified that her apartment's back door is across the parking lot from the victim's back door. Henderson stated that on September 25, 2006, at approximately 2:45 a.m., she observed a man banging on the victim's back door. Henderson stated that she could not see the man's face but that the body type was similar to appellant's. According to Henderson, she called out "Charles" and the man answered: "Yeah." Henderson admitted to lying to police during her first, videotaped police interview.


You can write to Charles McDonald at:

Charles McDonald
Charles McDonald A568370
Allen Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 4501
Lima, Ohio 45801

You can email Charles using Jpay - you will need to select Ohio and use the ID A568370













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