Man loses murder appeal

Serving up to life in prison

WARREN — A man from Greene who killed his wife inside their family home has lost an appeal of his murder conviction.

A three-judge panel of the 11th District Court Appeals called Ricky Green’s appeal “wholly frivolous” when they rejected his contention his attorney was ineffective, according to a ruling from the court.

Green claimed his attorney did not “perform an adversarial function” during plea talks and did not file a motion to suppress evidence in the case. He, however, “neither argues his plea was not knowingly and voluntarily entered, nor contends counsel’s alleged deficiencies caused his plea to be so entered,” the ruling states.

The court also found there were no errors in the case.

Judge Cynthia Westcott Rice wrote the opinion affirming Green’s sentence. Judges Timothy P. Cannon and Colleen Mary O’Toole concurred.

Green, 62, pleaded guilty to a charge of murder with a gun specification on Aug. 18, 2016, and was sentenced the same day to 15-years-to- life in prison, plus a mandatory three years for the gun specification, in connection to the January 2016 shooting death of his wife, Janell Green, in their home on Wakefield Creek Road in Farmdale.

According to a police report, deputies found Janell Green’s body minutes after her husband called 911 about 11:15 p.m. Jan. 17 to report the crime and ask for an ambulance and a deputy.

“I just killed my wife. I need you to come out here,” Green said to the dispatcher during the three-minute call. “I am pretty sure she’s dead.”

He also told dispatchers in the call he believed Janell cheated on him several times and claimed she told him she had been unfaithful earlier on the night she was shot. At his sentencing, Green said the gun went off when he snapped it up in anger, but Janell Green’s family said his story wasn’t to be believed.

rselak@tribtoday.com

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