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Jury selection begins in Justin Green murder trial


Justin Wayne Green, charged with the 2007 murder of an El Centro, Calif., man at a residence south of Petrolia, will stand trial for a second time this week.

Justin W. Green

Justin W. Green

Jury selection begins today, with testimony scheduled to begin Tuesday. The trial will be held in Fort Worth, the change of venue required after Green’s August mistrial in Clay County.

Green, 32,  has admitted responsibility in the death of former Army mate Jose Ramirez, but claims self defense. According to testimony in the first trail, Green killed Ramirez at a home on F.M. 2332, then buried the 23-year-old man face down in a shallow grave on the property. Ramirez’s remains were discovered in February 2012.

Justin Green testified that Ramirez reached for a gun to shoot the defendant. Green stated that he grabbed the gun first, shooting Ramirez. District Attorney Paige Williams presented evidence that Green used his own weapon to shoot Ramirez, used the victim’s debit card for numerous purchases in the months following and attempted to conceal Ramirez’s death.

Justin Green’s mother and sister, Terri Green and Brittany Green, and a family friend, Stephanie Corral, also face charges of tampering with physical evidence. They are accused of helping Justin Green cover up the death of Ramirez.

In the August trial, 10 jurors voted in favor of a guilty verdict, while two voted against.

The retrial is expected to cost Clay County an estimated $40,000.

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