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Wake teen appeals sentence in freezer death case

Posted October 11, 2012

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— A Wake County teen who admitted to killing his father more than three years ago at the urging of his mother wants his sentence reduced.

David Ruben Green III pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of David Ruben Green Jr.

He was prosecuted as an adult, even though he was 13 at the time of the murder, and was sentenced to a maximum of 26 years in prison.

Investigators say the murder happened in January 2009 after David Green Jr. threatened to kill Wendy Green, his longtime girlfriend, during an argument involving their 15-year-old daughter, Alexis Green.

Wendy Green then convinced her son to kill his father, and the family then used a dog leash to drag his body to the basement and put him in a freezer in their house on Ray Road.

Other family members reported David Green Jr. missing, and an investigator found his body in the freezer in late 2010.

David Green III claims in his appeal that the judge who sentenced him should have given more weight to his age, the abuse his parents inflicted on him and the fact that his mother pressured him to kill his father. Such mitigating factors should have resulted in a shorter sentence, the appeal states.

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  • piene2 Oct 12, 2012

    "No piene2 I DID NOT just give up, in fact worked many years to better things both for kids and others. LIFE has shown me that some cannot be helped. While I do not owe you an explanation I CAN tell you that most likely in my lifetime I have done quite a bit more than you to help the under privileged and troubled youth....AND I have the pay stubs to prove it in case facts matter to you.
    Scubagirl"

    You do indeed give up on people. I on the other hand do not. At least not while the person is still alive. Especially young people. They are like modeling clay that can be molded. Sometimes it is molded badly but the nice thing about modeling clay is it can be remolded properly. I have no pay stubs to show for my good deeds. I never did a good deed for money. I never asked for or accepted a penny from anyone for what I have done. On the contrary I give freely of my time and money. My reward is in following the lives of people I have helped and that is far better then any amount of money.

  • Scubagirl Oct 12, 2012

    No piene2 I DID NOT just give up, in fact worked many years to better things both for kids and others. LIFE has shown me that some cannot be helped. While I do not owe you an explanation I CAN tell you that most likely in my lifetime I have done quite a bit more than you to help the under privileged and troubled youth....AND I have the pay stubs to prove it in case facts matter to you. And I can turn your comment around that I too, while not quite 71 yo (a mere child at 65) am old enough to see the true picture of humanity. I do not agree w/ your premise that most all can be saved. They must WANT help in the first place and many do not. Oh and I'm not talking about being saved religiously either.

  • piene2 Oct 12, 2012

    ""Would it not be better to work on finding a solution that has a chance of working? piene2"

    GO FOR IT!!! I'm sure if you could come up with one it would be embraced. For now we have what we have. As you grow older you may come to realize that no matter how badly you want to save/help the folks that do wrong most won't be saved/helped....fact of life.
    Scubagirl"

    So just give up and do not bother looking for a solution that actually works? Sure, let us stick with what we know is an abysmal failure. As far as my growing older, I am already seventy one so I think I am old enough to see the true picture of humanity. Basically there are next to none that can not be saved. By the way, how old are you?

  • LordHelpUsAll Oct 12, 2012

    It's hard to imagine the emotional damage done to children in cases like this. I bet most of us could "convince" our children to do most anything over time..... his mother is clearly the larger problem here... he's just as much a victim, unfortunately that committed a crime and now has to pay for it.

  • racheliza Oct 12, 2012

    There are so many disturbing stories in the local news lately...just sad.

  • Scubagirl Oct 12, 2012

    "Would it not be better to work on finding a solution that has a chance of working?
    piene2"

    GO FOR IT!!! I'm sure if you could come up with one it would be embraced. For now we have what we have. As you grow older you may come to realize that no matter how badly you want to save/help the folks that do wrong most won't be saved/helped....fact of life.

  • Scubagirl Oct 12, 2012

    "As kiknc stated, the mother is doing thirty to forty six years. That seems to indicate that she was the instigator."

    yea and??????

  • piene2 Oct 12, 2012

    "yes @ 13 he knew right from wrong, maybe he was overpowered emotionally by his mother but even at that 26 years is light. SOMETHING has to wake folks up-teens and adults alike-to the fact that murder IS NOT OK
    Scubagirl"

    Would it not be better to work on finding a solution that has a chance of working?

  • kikinc Oct 12, 2012

    I tried posting an article that gave a bit more insight to the crime, but I got flagged because the series of numbers in the URL (from WRAL) might be considered inappropriate. Right....

    Anyway, if you go to the WRAL.com archive on this case, and read the article from September 2, 2011, it gives a more detailed description. Definitely opened my eyes up a bit more.

  • Scubagirl Oct 12, 2012

    smh @ piene2 ....

    yes @ 13 he knew right from wrong, maybe he was overpowered emotionally by his mother but even at that 26 years is light. SOMETHING has to wake folks up-teens and adults alike-to the fact that murder IS NOT OK under any circumstances. If we continue to sweep this kind of thing under the virtual rug due to the ages of those committing the crime, then those crimes will continue to happen. Society has gone crazy and seems to think that to solve a problem the answer is to kill the offender......

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