A jury of six men and six women have begun deliberations in the Clay County murder trial of Justin Wayne Green, entering the jury room at about 11:45 Wednesday.
Green, 31, is charged in the 2007 murder of Jose Ramirez, a fellow Iraq war veteran who lived with Green at a residence on FM 2332, south of Petrolia. Defense attorneys claim Green killed Ramirez in self-defense.
Attorneys opened the day with closing arguments.
The defense claims that Justin entered Ramirez’s bedroom on the morning of Aug. 9, 2007 when Ramirez verbally assaulted Green and pointed a firearm at him. Green then grabbed a firearm and shot Ramirez in self-defense.
Prosecutors stated that after Green shot Ramirez, he buried the body in a shallow grave and spent approximately $9,000 from a bank account belonging to Ramirez. Prosecutors also referred to testimony from family friend Stephanie Corral, in which she said Justin Green backed his pickup into the garage before shooting Ramirez to remove his body, and that Green had joked about shooting Ramirez before the incident occurred.
Ramirez’s remains were discovered on the property five years later.
The Pioneer Sentinel will publish a complete article once a verdict has been announced.