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Warrants: Wife solicited money from dead husband's family

Posted November 18, 2010

— A Wake County woman charged with killing her husband and stuffing his body in a basement freezer asked his family to continue sending monthly checks to him long after he was dead, according to a search warrant released Thursday.

A Wake County sheriff’s investigator looking into the disappearance of David Ruben Green Jr., 52, discovered his decapitated body Oct. 6 in a freezer at his Ray Road home. According to previous search warrants, investigators estimate Green might have been dead since January 2009.

His longtime girlfriend, Wendy Edmond Green, 41, and their two children, David Ruben Green III, 15, and Alexis Green, 17, have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Investigators haven’t offered a motive in the killing.

Several search warrants returned Thursday show that investigators sought access to David Green Jr.'s financial records. They noted activity continued on his American Express and Capital One credit cards after January 2009.

When Wendy Green was arrested last month in Robeson County, deputies found some of her husband's credit cards in her purse.

The search warrants also state that David Green Jr.'s family routinely sent him money from a family business, and several were cashed after January 2009. Wendy Green at one point also asked the family to send a check to her and she would cash it for him, according to a warrant.

David Green Jr.'s family reported him missing in September, but his brother said the family had been searching for him for a while before that.


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  • cth1 Nov 19, 2010

    "Okay, wait a second. I hate to shift topics but was she his WIFE or GIRLFRIEND?September016"

    It was his girlfriend. She legally changed her last name even though they were never married.

    And..I don't care if you were abused or not.... it's no excuse to kill someone...drag your teenage children into it... and, cut his head off and store him in a freezer. That takes everything to a whole new level. If she shot him while he was beating her...then, okay. But, she went beyond killing him!! This sounds like a sick minded woman to me!! I'm glad they finally found him. Oh, and people had searched the house before...but, he was stored in the freezer. When an adult goes missing it's not considered a crime unless foul play is suspected. They probably did a well check and didn't find him at home. They were not looking for a body at that time. The only reason he was found the 2nd time is because the power to the freezer was off and the body was beginning to smell. YUK!!

  • didisaythat Nov 19, 2010

    I am glad I am not the only one to remember all the man haters that said he was dead because he abused one or all of the family members. And why is someone even asking about common law marriage, what does that have to do with him gettin money from his family and she still getting it after he was killed. Well I am sure there are still people out there that can't figure this one out....and they will be on the jury and then we see why some get found not guilty.

  • bronzegoddess40 Nov 19, 2010

    ILOVENC7, you are so right in your observations. There would be over 100 comments and posts. ;)

  • kikinc Nov 19, 2010

    North Carolina has never recognized common law marriages. And I think there's only 10 or 15 states that do these days. I think they're leaning towards having it official these days.

    As for this story, I seem to recall people commenting that we didn't know the whole story, and maybe her and her children had been abused by this man. Even if she had, any defense went out the window when she fraudulently obtained money for months. She knew what she was doing.

  • sammyg Nov 19, 2010

    I think all the hate messages have moved over to the Zahra article...otherwise, they'd be here for sure!

  • tjhiggs68 Nov 19, 2010

    Incidents like this make me wonder what truly goes on in the mind of a human being that can kill another human being and chop its head off! Totally stomped on the whole story, just why? Forget wasting taxpayers money on court, just stick the need in her neck and let her go! Really, was this necessary? Overkill and then some, wow!

  • frankbad15 Nov 19, 2010

    Your right on the money!!

  • JAT Nov 19, 2010

    and they couldn't have been searching too hard since they knew where he lived but no one ever got in a car or plane and came to the house (or at least it hasn't been reported)

  • JAT Nov 19, 2010

    Can we say dysfunctional? Did he get enough from this "family business" that he didn't have to work?

  • nonesuch Nov 18, 2010

    NC doesn't recognize common-law marriages. As for why his family is sending him money, the article says they sent him money from a family business. He may have had an ownership interest.