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Children indicted in death of father found in freezer

Posted January 5, 2011 9:59 a.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2011 11:58 a.m. EST

— A Wake County grand jury on Wednesday indicted two teenage children in the death of their father, whose decapitated body was found in the freezer of his Raleigh home in October.

The 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 their children, Alexis Morgan Green, 17, and David Ruben Green III, 15, have each been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The children will be tried as adults in his death, authorities said. Because they were under 18 at the time of the crime, however, they cannot face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors haven't said whether they plan to seek the death penalty against Wendy Green.

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.