When troopers with the Indiana State Police visited 42-year-old Danielle Marie Green’s farm in Rising Sun, Ind. on June 3 to perform a welfare check on her 62-year-old ex-husband, Raymond Green, who was reported missing on May 28, the troopers on the scene immediately got suspicion when Green said they could search everything on the farm still owned jointly by the couple – “except the large, metal box secured with a padlock.” Troopers grew more suspicious when they caught a whiff of a rotting corpse.
Cincinnati.com reported on June 4 that police obtained a search warrant and discovered the missing ex-husband’s body inside that metal box. Following a Hamilton County autopsy, it was determined that the former truck driver had been shot 10 times and died on May 26.
Green, who divorced from her husband in January but still lived at the farm with him in their Ohio County, Ind. mobile home, was taken into custody on Tuesday and transported to Switzerland County Jail where she’s being held without bail. Her original story was that she hadn’t seen her ex since May 26 when “he got into an altercation with her dog.”
Then investigators learned she had called her ex-husband's boss on May 27 and told him Raymond Green had died as a result of a fatal accident over the weekend. She called the boss back later that day and elaborated, claiming he was killed by her German shepherd.
Following the discovery of Green’s remains in that metal box, the ex-wife fessed up – saying she shot Green in self-defense. Court papers state that Danielle found a gun on a nightstand and fired five rounds into her ex-husband’s head because he had said to her "I am going to kill you. You need to die." The court affidavit stated that Green said her ex-husband then lunged at her, which is when she emptied those rounds into him.
Green told investigators she went to the opposite end of the trailer and reloaded the handgun.
When she returned to the bedroom, Raymond Green was on the edge of the bed, telling her: "You need to die. Not me," the affidavit states.
The ex-wife said that Green then lunged at her a second time, at which time she emptied five more rounds into him. Green said she cut out that portion of the carpet where her ex-husband fell to the floor and bled, and then got his body into that silver, metal box.
During the course of their police investigation, detectives recovered Internet searches conducted on the ex-wife’s cell phone. Queries dated back to March with search terms like “bullets and head shots” and the search phrases "If you shot someone with a .38 caliber handgun in the head is it lights out or possibly survive" and ".38 gunshot going straight thru person's head."
One of Green’s neighbors, Kathy Feldcamp, told WCPO that she just couldn’t believe the news. Feldcamp said she knew Green ever since she was a kid, and couldn’t believe Green was capable of killing her ex-husband.
“This is very shocking," Feldcamp said. "She's very gentle, sweet and kind. You would never dream this up."
According to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office, the ex-husband had been shot “once in the back of his left temple, four times in the back of his head and five times in his body.” The ex-wife has been charged with murder.