Son allegedly killed father with hammer

David Green (Picture provided by the Green family)

July 11, 2011 3:08:20 PM PDT
ABC11 has learned new details about the case detectives are building against a woman and two teens charged in the death of a father whose dismembered body was found stuffed in a freezer late last year.

Forty-one-year-old Wendy Edmond Green is charged with the murder of 51-year-old David Green Jr. as are with his children: 18-year-old Alexis Green and 16-year-old David Green III.

Green's body was found in the basement of a home on Ray Road on October 6, 2010. He was reported missing on September 1.

Investigators say Wendy is the teen's mother and was Green's live-in girlfriend. She assumed his last name at some point during their relationship, but they never legally married.

According to search warrants in the case released late last year, investigators believe Wendy and the teens all took part in the planning of the murder, participated, and then cleaned up the crime scene to conceal the killing.

Sources told ABC11 Monday that Wendy was the main ringleader and she convinced David Green III to hit his father with a hammer while he slept. The sources said the first blow didn't kill him, but a second one did, although not immediately.

Warrants state detectives suspect the killing happened in January, 2009 six days before David Green III's birthday - meaning he was 13 at the time.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office began looking for the father when his brother reported him missing in September, 2010. Neighbors had reported to the Green family that the home at 8617 Ray Road was falling into disrepair and Green Jr. hadn't been seen for months. The grass was overgrown and the power was shut off.

In October, deputies got a search warrant and found Green's body wrapped up and stuffed in a freezer located in the basement of the home. The medical examiner later said the body had been decapitated before being placed in the freezer.

Wendy Green had apparently moved out of the house on Ray Road sometime after Green was last seen. She was arrested at her parent's home in Lumberton shortly after the discovery of the body.

Alexis Green was already in the Wake County Jail when her father's body was found. She was serving time for a burglary and failure to appear in court.

David Green III was in St. Paul, Minnesota living with a friend. Detectives brought him back to Raleigh. The son was the only member of the family without an adult arrest record. The teens are both now charged as adults in the murder.

Court documents show the Greens had domestic and custody issues in the past, including an assault on Wendy Green in 2007. David Green, Jr. was arrested and charged in that incident. Court documents show Wendy sued for custody of the children and David Green Jr. wanted his name added to his daughter's birth certificate.

Contacted by ABC11 Monday, Green's brother called the case "tragic."

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