Terri Green pleads guilty to misdemeanor in cover up of 2007 murder

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Terri Janiece Green of Petrolia pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges related to the 2007 murder of an El Centro, Calif., man at a home on FM 2332.

Terri Janiece Green

Terri Janiece Green

In May, Teri Green’s son Justin Green pled guilty to the murder of Jose Ramirez on Aug. 9, 2007. Justin Green and Ramirez were Army buddies who had recently been discharged while stationed at Fort Sill, and had been living with Terri Green.

In September 2013, Terri Green was indicted on two felony counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. On Monday, the charges were lowered to tampering with physical evidence-failure to report human remains, a Class A misdemeanor.

Terri Green was sentenced 76 days in jail, which she has already served, and ordered to pay $222 in court costs.

After Justin Green killed Ramirez, he buried the man in a shallow grave on the property where he and his mother continued to live until February 2009. The body was discovered in March 2012 by investigators acting on a tip.

Justin Green was tried in August 2013 for the murder of Ramirez, during which Terri Green testified that after receiving a call while at work from Justin Green, she came home to find her son with Ramirez’s body in the bed of his pickup parked in the garage. She testified that she spoke to her son, then returned to work. A mistrial was declared because the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

During the trial, Justin Green claimed he shot Ramirez in self-defense. Justin Green pled guilty with jury selection in a retrial underway.

While awaiting the new trial, the 97th District Attorney’s office located “several” firearms that had belonged to Ramirez and were given away by Justin Green after his death, as well as the 9 mm carbine with which Green shot the victim.

“We had a much better case than we did during the first trial,” said D.A. Paige Williams.

Williams also said her office was able to confirm Terri Green’s testimony that she came home for approximately 15 minutes before returning to work by reviewing records provided by her former employer.

Justin Green’s sister, Brittany Jan Green of Petrolia, and Stephanie Leeann Heaston-Corral of Wichita Falls still face felony charges of tampering with evidence. Both are accused of assisting Justin Green in concealing the remains as well as using Ramirez’s debit card for purchases made after the victim’s death.

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