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Arrest made in Petrolia murder investigation

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers have made an arrest in the investigation of a homicide that occurred five years ago south of Petrolia.

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Brittany Jan Green, 26, of Wichita Falls is charged with the second degree felony offense of tampering with evidence in connection with the homicide believe to have occurred at a residence on FM 2332. The home is now abandoned. Green is currently in custody on $150,000 bond.

Green is a 2004 graduate of Petrolia High School. Hers is the first of several arrests anticipated by the CCSO.

The CCSO began investigating the homicide following a tip several weeks ago. Sheriff Kenny Lemons said that enough evidence was uncovered during that time to warrant a search of the house and surrounding property.

While executing a search warrant on Tuesday, Feb. 7, investigators found evidence to indicate a violent crime had occurred. According to arrest warrant affidavit for Green, she is believed to have assisted moving the body and cleaning up blood in the house.

Skeletal remains of a “young male” were discovered on Wednesday, buried in a shallow grave at a salt flat approximately one-quarter mile from the house.

The affidavit stated three bullet holes were located in a bedroom wall and a bullet was found inside the wall. Using a chemical agent, forensics investigators discovered blood stains inside the same room. Lemons said several large creates were constructed to transport evidence to a forensics lab.

The house and adjacent property are owned by the same persons, but Lemons stated that they are not suspects and the home had been used as a rental property.

The identity of the body has not been released. The remains have been sent to the forensics anthropology department at the University of North Texas in Denton for identification.

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