Carroll County Man Charged with Murder of Mother’s Lover with Hammer

July 6, 2018


The human remains that were found earlier last week in Switzerland County have resulted in the murder arrest of one Justin Girdler, 25 of Carrollton, Kentucky.

On June 2nd, 2018, authorities visited a Beatty Ridge Road in response to a domestic dispute in Florence, Indiana.

Justin Girdler

The spat was told to them to be between Dennis Dziwulski and Girdler’s mother, Vivian Moore, but Girlder and Moore later changed their accounts to say the altercation was between Dziwulski and Girdler.

Girdler is accused of first moving Dziwulski’s body under the mobile home where the victim and Girdler’s mother lived, then to the wooded area about 50 yards from the mobile home, the spot where Switzerland County sheriff’s deputies discovered the body on June 25.

The third count of obstruction of justice is related to Girdler leaving Dziwulski’s vehicle in Carroll County, Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police discovered the vehicle and traced license plates to Dziwulski.

Doug Dziwulski, the victim’s brother, filed a missing person’s report June 22.

Doug told police during the first investigation that the last time he spoke with his brother, Dennis told him that his relationship with Moore was ending.

He then told police that Moore told him his brother had moved back to Maryland when he called Moore asking why he could not reach his brother.

According to a court affidavit, Girdler said that he struck Dziwulski in the head three times with a hammer, but only after his mom struck Dziwulski with a cast iron skillet.

The first hearing for Girdler was at the Switzerland County Courthouse this morning and he is being held in their jail.

The human remains discovered have yet to be 100% identified, but the statements detectives have received have lead them in this most-likely direction.