October Trial Date For Woman Accused Of Murdering Ex-Husband
By Mike Perleberg
(Ohio County, Ind.) – A trial date has been set for an Ohio County woman who allegedly murdered her ex-husband before stuffing his body into a metal box.
Danielle Marie Green was in jail in Switzerland County – where most of Ohio County’s accused criminals are housed – when her defense attorney appeared for her at a pretrial hearing in Ohio Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.
Judge James D. Humphrey set the trial for October 14. A final pretrial hearing was scheduled for September 19. The trial could still be delayed if prosecutors or Green requests it.
Green allegedly shot her ex-husband, Raymond Green, 62, to death with a .38 caliber handgun at her Hartford Pike mobile home on May 26. Indiana State Police investigators say Danielle Green told them she fired five shots at Raymond in her bedroom then went to the other end of the trailer to reload the weapon.
She allegedly claimed that when she returned to the bedroom, her ex stated “You need to die. Not me” then lunged at her, forcing her to shoot him five more times in the head.
Investigators say Green hid the Raymond’s body in a metal box on the estranged couple’s farm. Green said she locked the box because she was in fear of her life. Days after the killing, detectives later obtained a search warrant for the box after noticing flies swarming around it and discovered Raymond Green’s remains inside.
Green’s lawyer, Lawrenceburg attorney David Zerbe, said at her initial hearing in court on June 3 that they could raise a battered spouse defense. So far, the defense has filed only motions to produce evidence and for pretrial disclosure, according to the case file.