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Terri Green extradited; victim’s identity released

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and accused of helping her son, Justin Wayne Green, clean up the site of a murder, Terri Janiece Green is in the custody of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after fighting extradition from Arizona.

Terri Janiece Green

Justin Wayne Green, 30, formerly of Petrolia, is accused of murdering Jose Ramirez of El Centro, Calif. At a home of FM 2332, south of Petrolia, in October of 2007. Investigators believe Ramirez was shot to death in a bedroom inside the house, and his body buried in a shallow grave nearby.

Ramirez had just recently been discharged from the U.S. Army and had been stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. Sheriff Kenny Lemons said that after discharge, he remained in the area.

The CCSO and Texas Rangers began investigating a possible homicide following a tip in early February. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, a search warrant turned up physical evidence that suggested a violent crime had occurred inside the home, including sheet rock from a bedroom wall with three bullet holes.

In an extended search of the property on Feb. 8, Ramirez’s skeletal remains were discovered hidden under sheet metal and an old water heater. His identity was released Monday. Ramirez was 23 at the time of his death.

Justin Green and Terri Green were arrested in Phoenix, Ariz. Justin Green waived extradition rights. Terri Green, 49, fought extradition for a month before giving up her battle on Thursday of last week. She was returned to Clay County on Sunday.

Both have been indicted by a Clay County grand jury.

Also indicted for assisting in covering up the murder are Brittany Jan Green, 26, of Wichita Falls, and Stephanie Heaston-Corral, 25, of Iowa Park. Brittany Green, who is Justin Green’s sister and Terri Green’s daughter, faces one charge of tampering with physical evidence, while Heaston-Corral faces two charges of the same crime.

Justin Green’s bond was set at $1 million. Bond for Terri Green was set at $250,000. Heaston-Corral is out on a $250,000 bond. Brittany Green’s bond was set at $150,000.

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