Killer Roy G. Green up for parole

WARREN — Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is opposing the release of a confessed murderer who dismembered his victim in 1994.

Watkins wrote to Ohio’s Parole Board that Roy G. Green, 65, in and out of prison “has shown a repetitive theme to violate the law and has proven, with some of his conduct, that he is capable of committing the most heinous of crimes.”

Green pleaded guilty to murder April 4, 1995, and was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison in connection to the Dec. 23, 1994, death of Devin Griffin at Green’s home in Warren Township.

At his first parole hearing 10 years ago, the board ruled Green must stay in prison until May 1, 2018.

Green is housed at the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, where three members of the parole board will meet for his hearing sometime this month.

In December 1994, Green was in his garage with his son, Roy G. Morgan III, and Griffin. According to Watkins, Green pointed a shotgun at Griffin, and Morgan left the garage. A short time later, Morgan heard two shots. Green returned and allegedly told his son, “Don’t tell a madman to kill you because he will,” Watkins wrote.

The letter states the next morning, Green got Morgan to help him move some garbage bags in the garage. They drove to a small pond that was partially frozen and threw the bags into the water. According to Morgan, a human hand came out of one of the bags and remained on the pond’s surface. After the son realized Griffin was dead, Watkins wrote, Green threatened him not to tell anyone.

Later, the son helped his dad get rid of other garbage bags in a hole dug in woods off Eighth Street SW in Warren, Watkins wrote.

Morgan became a key witness in the case, Watkins wrote, leading authorities to the body parts. Watkins wrote Morgan and other family members still fear Green.

Watkins, who has prosecuted some grisly cases in his years in office, states the Green case “involved more butchery than all of them.”

The prosecutor also noted Green continued his criminal ways in prison, referring to an Ohio State Highway Patrol report that shows Green and another man in 2000 conspired to bring drugs into the Mansfield Correctional Institution. He also tested positive for drugs in 2005, Watkins wrote.

One of Green’s attorneys, Michael Partlow, who worked on one of Green’s unsuccessful appeals, could not be reached for comment.