Murder suspect Justin Green extradited from Arizona

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Justin Wayne Green, accused in the 2007 murder of a man near Petrolia, has been returned to Clay County after waiving extradition rights. He is in the Clay County jail with bond set at $1 million.

Justin Green

Green is believed by investigators to have shot a man to death in a bedroom at a home on FM 2332, south of Petrolia. Justin Green’s mother, Terri Janiece Green, and sister, Brittany Jan Green, as well as a family friend, Stephanie Heaston-Corral, have been charged with tampering with physical evidence, and are accused of cleaning the crime scene and assisting in removing the body from the house.

Sheriff Kenny Lemons said Friday that he and Texas Rangers flew to Arizona at 10 a.m. Thursday, and were back with Justin Green by 6:15 p.m.

Terri Green remains in Arizona and is fighting extradition. If Green does not waive her right, an extradition hearing will be held within 30 days. If she continues to fight extradition after her allotted hearings, Texas Governor Rick Perry can issue an order of extradition to the Arizona governor.

A search warrant was executed Tuesday, Feb. 7. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the skeletal remains of a body were located in a shallow grave about one-quarter mile from the residence. The body was recovered by forensics experts and taken to the forensics anthropology department at the University of North Texas in Denton for identification.

In interviews conducted by Ranger Marshall Thomas, the victim was identified as Jose Ramirez. Lemons said his office is close to confirming the identity.

Bond has been set at $250,000 for Terri Green and $150,000 for Brittany Green, who remains in custody. Heaston-Corral has been released on a  $250,000 bond.