Jury finds Lebanon man guilty of murder in father’s slaying

Jury finds Lebanon man guilty of murder in father’s slaying

A Lebanon man on trial for the second time in his father’s slaying has been found guilty of murder. 

Freddie Green, 43, of Lebanon was on trial on charges of murder and felonious assault stemming from him shooting his father, Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.

The first trial ended in a mistrial on July 27, when the jury was unable to reach a verdict after 15 hours of deliberation.

On Wednesday, after three hours of deliberation, Green was found guilty of murder, felonious assault with gun specifications.

“An elderly unarmed man was shot in the back of the head. The defendant waited four hours to call 911. And he was high when he did it,” Assistant Warren County Prosecutor Steven Knippen said during his closing argument to the jury Wednesday.

Green, in testifying, continued to maintain he acted in self-defense when he shot his father with a gun he had taken away during an altercation.

“If you chose the wrong option, did you have the possibility of dying?” his lawyer, Jeffrey Richards, asked.

“Absolutely,” Green answered.

Richards also told the jury to keep in mind there was testimony leaving open the possibility there was a second gun in the house that the elder Green could have retrieved.

As he did in the July trial, Green admitted Wednesday that after the shooting he drove to Dayton for heroin during the four hours he waited before calling 911.

But Green testified that he acted in self-defense after taking away his father’s 9 mm handgun in a bedroom of a rented duplex they shared in Lebanon. There were no witnesses.

Green acknowledged he was living with his father after time spent living with his wife, at times in a car, hooked on heroin.

“He brought you in at your lowest point,” Knippen said during his cross-examination.

Knippen urged the jury to reject that Green acted in self-defense, countering that the larger, younger man could have otherwise controlled his father or run out of the house.

Sidney Green died from a single gunshot fired from two to three feet, according to evidence presented in both trials.

He was one of six people killed in domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County. Two cases ended as homicide-suicides involving both spouses.

Mercedes Robb, 35, of Turtlecreek Twp. is serving 25 years to life in prison for murder in the killing of her ex-husband in November 2016 as their children slept.

Judge Timothy Tepe said he would sentence Green in 30 days.

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