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Body of Petrolia murder victim identified by CCSO

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

A man murdered at a home near Petrolia has been identified as Jose Ramirez, 23, of El Centro, Calif., said Sheriff Kenny Lemons in a statement Monday.

Lemons said Ramirez had served in the U.S. Army prior to his death, and had been stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

It is believed that Ramirez was murdered at a home on FM 2332, south of Petrolia, and buried nearby. His remains were discovered in a shallow grave, covered with sheet metal and an old water heater, near a salt flat approximately one-quarter mile from the home.

Investigators believe Ramirez was shot to death by Justin Wayne Green, 30, formerly of Petrolia, inside the home, while his mother, sister and a family friend are believed to have assisted in covering up the crime.

Green was arrested in Phoenix, Ariz., and charged with murder. Following extradition, he is in the Clay County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Justin Green’s mother, Terri Janiece Green, 49, formerly of Petrolia, is in the Maricopa County, Ariz., jail, fighting extradition. She is charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence, with bond set at $250,000. Brittany Jan Green, 26, of Wichita Falls, is charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence. She is in the Clay County Jail on a $250,000 bond. Stephanie Heaton Corral, 25, of Iowa Park, is out on a $250,000 bond. She also faces two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

All have been indicted by a Clay County grand jury.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a possible murder at the residence on a tip from an area resident.

A search warrant of the property was executed Feb. 7, and evidence – including three bullet holes in a bedroom wall – collected. Lemons said the evidence suggested a violent crime had taken place.

Ramirez’s skeletal remains were discovered Wednesday, Feb. 8, during an expanded search of the property.

The murder is believed to have occurred in October 2007.

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