RALEIGH -- The woman charged with killing her long-time boyfriend and putting his body in a freezer might have had help from their two teenage children.
According to warrants filed Monday, Wendy Edmond Green, 41, is charged with conspiring with two others to kill her longtime companion David Reuben Green Jr., 52, in his Northern Wake County home. She was already charged with first-degree murder in the killing.
Now, two juveniles have also been charged with first-degree murder and felony conspiracy, according to William Lassiter, a spokesman for the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The victim's cousin, Shawn Thornbill of Robeson County, said Monday that the family learned from investigators that the juveniles charged are the couple's children, David Reuben Green III, 15, and Alexis Green, 17. The couple never married, but Wendy Green took her boyfriend's name.
Thornbill said family members learned that sheriff's investigators think the suspects fed parts of David Green's body to their pit bull and brought friends by the dark-brown, ranch-style home to show them "their father's mutilated and quartered body."
"A piece of your heart just breaks," Thornbill said. "My aunt [David Green's mother] spent last week taking down the children's pictures," Thornbill said Monday evening.
Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens would not confirm that the Green children were the juveniles charged Monday. Stephens did say the two charged made their first court appearance in a closed Wake County juvenile court Monday.
One of the juveniles is being held at the county juvenile detention center on New Bern Avenue, Stephens said, and the other in the Wake County jail. Alexis Green has been in the Wake County jail since Sept. 16 on charges of contempt of court, failure to appear and violating the conditions of bond.
Lassiter, the Juvenile Justice spokesman, said the teens will be tried as adults on the murder charges if a judge finds there is probable cause for the charges at a future hearing.
"The probable cause hearing has not been set yet," he said.
Sheriff's investigators have not yet released a motive for the alleged conspiracy to commit murder, but Thornbill thinks it was money.
The money theory
He said his cousin, David Green, came from a well-to-do family in Lumberton - his mother owns a string of nursing homes. Thornbill said Wendy Green was withdrawing large amounts of money from her boyfriend's financial accounts by posing as his wife and telling banking officials he was out of the country.
Thornbill said he knew something was amiss when David Green did not show up for the funerals of two aunts who died during his disappearance. Still, he held out hope that his cousin was out of the country until he checked with the U.S. State Department to see whether his cousin had recently used his passport. That's when he learned that David Green had not left the United States.
Family members hired a private investigator to search the home after a neighbor, Allen White, called David Green's mother. The neighbor said he was worried because he had not seen her son for some time.
Neighbors 2 decades
White said he and the Greens have been neighbors for nearly 20 years. Although the two men were friendly, he said the family kept pretty much to themselves.
However, he recalled David Green as a hard-working family man who put in a backyard swimming pool when his children were small. He also built a wooden swing set for his children that's still in the backyard.
White said he thought it strange when Time Warner turned off the cable at the Green home earlier this year and the city of Raleigh shut off water service. David Green's immaculate yard also fell into disorder, he said.
"David normally took care of his house," White said.
White said the entire family moved somewhere else in July, but left the family dog behind. Less than a week later, workers with Progress Energy arrived at the home and turned the power off, White said.
As the summer temperatures soared to 100 degrees, White became concerned for the family pet and left a note on the door stating that he was going to contact animal control if the family did not take care of the dog.
'Everything is fine'
White said Wendy Green and her son showed up three days later.
"They were in the driveway and I asked her if everything was OK, did she need any help," White said. "She told me, 'No, everything is fine.'"
Green's brother, Avery Green of Summerfield, filed a missing person report on Sept. 1, according to the report filed at the Wake County Sheriff's Office.
The private investigator had failed to locate David Green, so sheriff's investigators and relatives searched the home on Sept. 7 without success.
Deputies returned Oct. 6 along with agents from the City-County Bureau of Identification and conducted a more thorough search.
When investigators opened the door of the freezer, they discovered Green's body. The freezer was off, as was the house's power. Authorities think he died of blunt force trauma as early as January.
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