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Children to be tried as adults in Wake man's death

Posted December 21, 2010
Updated January 5, 2011

— The children of a Wake County man discovered dead in the freezer of his home in October will be tried as adults in his death, authorities said Tuesday.

The decapitated body of David Ruben Green Jr., 52, was found Oct. 6 in a freezer at his Ray Road home, more than a month after he had been reported missing.

Search warrants filed in the case indicate that he might have been dead since January 2009.

Green’s long-time girlfriend, Wendy Edmond Green, and children Alexis Morgan Green, 17, and David Ruben Green III, 15, have each been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings said that Alexis Green and David Green III have been bonded over to adult court and that their cases would be heard by the next grand jury.

Investigators said in one search warrant application that the teens gave similar statements that implicate themselves and their mother “as having played active roles in the planning and commission of the murder as well as cleaning up the crime scene in an effort to conceal the crime.”

Authorities haven’t offered a motive for the killing but indicated in other search warrants that Wendy Green used her boyfriend’s credit cards and asked his family for money.


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  • jsc1990 Jan 5, 2011

    Money-the creation of evil, the thing that motivates individuals to kill: We have to wonder what was happening in their private lives to aid them in becoming part of a plan to make this man disappear. He must of done something terrible to one of them, maybe all-

  • Scubagirl Jan 5, 2011

    Good, as they should be charged. they knew what they were doing!

  • ajfuddermukker Dec 21, 2010

    Do adult crime, do adult time!

  • grayboomerang Dec 21, 2010

    paulej....sorry, not buying it. If the kids didn't want to go along with their mother's plan, chances are, they would have told their father and/or the police.

  • RB-1 Dec 21, 2010

    At 15 and 17, they knew what they were doing.

    Trying them as adults is the right thing to do.

  • Alexia.1 Dec 21, 2010

    cpacraig, they're still children. It concerns me in this case that they would try them as adults when it might be that they more-or-less followed the demands of their mother. I'd imagine that if she's so mean as to want the man dead, she might be a force to reckon with for the kids.

  • edbuck51 Dec 21, 2010

    how much money could this guy have had ??? if it was 8 fiqures, it still wouldn't be worth it.

  • tjhiggs68 Dec 21, 2010

    Well if a child can commit an adult crime, why not give them the same punishment! They think they are grown before their time and they want to act and do adult things, so well the punishment should be just as severe. Its very obvious that there is evidence of their part in the beheading and its disturbing to say the least, that they could even part-take in such a horrendous thing. You may can run and hide for awhile but the light will shine on the dirt you do, later if not sooner!

  • serious Dec 21, 2010

    Did they ever find his head?

  • artist Dec 21, 2010

    "Be careful before we jump to conclusions..... There has to be a reason.....

    God..... I.... uh..... nevermind.