What Salt Lake City, Utah’s James Grimsley did to Concord, California’s Terrie Ladwig in 1994

James William Grimsley, 55, of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States is a truck driver. He previously lived in Littleton, Colorado, USA, in Lovettsville, Virginia, USA and in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Aside from Salt Lake City, Grimsley has lived in other parts of Utah including Draper, Kearns, Lehi, Taylorsville and West Valley City. He has also lived in different part of Oregon including Burns and Portland.


Grimsley is accused of fatally beating and strangling Terrie Ladwig of Concord, California, USA, a transgender woman married to U.S. Navy sailor Steven Ladwig.

On December 2, 1994, Steven found Terrie dead inside their apartment. She was 28.

No sign of forced entry was found. No suspect was identified and the case went cold.

Two weeks after Steven and Terrie’s marriage was made public by her killing, the U.S. Navy started disciplinary proceedings. He was ultimately given an other-than-honorable discharge.


There is one minor traffic violation in Grimsley’s criminal history in Utah. He was a Kearns resident in 2008 and a West Valley City resident in 2018.

Recently, the Concord Police Department worked closely with the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s Safe Streets Task Force in Contra Costa County to obtain a warrant for Grimsley’s arrest. On January 26, 2023, Concord Police Department detectives and Salt Lake City Utah Safe Streets Task Force members arrested him in Utah for the murder of Terrie.

On February 1, 2023, Grimsley will make his first court appearance in Salt Lake City. He is being held on a $1 million bond in the Salt Lake County Jail in Salt Lake City and is expected to be extradited back to Contra Costa County.

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