Girlfriend faces September trial in Wake freezer death
Posted July 20, 2011 2:51 p.m. EDT
Updated July 20, 2011 3:00 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The long-time girlfriend of a Raleigh man found decapitated in a freezer last year will go to trial in September, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Wendy Edmond Green faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of David Ruben Green Jr., 52.
Family members reported him missing on Sept. 1, and a Wake County sheriff's investigator found David Green's body in a basement freezer on Oct. 6 during an extensive search of his Ray Road home.
Search warrants filed in the case indicate that he might have been dead since January 2009.
Wendy Green's trial date is scheduled for Sept. 12, Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said during a routine court hearing.
The couple's children, Alexis Morgan Green, 17, and David Ruben Green III, 15, who are also charged with first-degree murder, will have their cases reviewed at another hearing this year.
Investigators say in search warrants that the children gave similar statements that implicate all three suspects “as having played active roles" in planning, carrying out and covering up the slaying.
It's unclear what led to the killing, but search warrants have indicated that Wendy Green used her boyfriend’s credit cards and asked his family for money.