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Jury Selection Begins in Clay County Murder Case

Jury selection began this morning in the trial of a former Petrolia man who is charged with murder.

This morning, a jury pool of about 180 came to the Clay County Courthouse for jury selection for a murder trial and they just started leaving just before 6 p.m. They're here for the murder trial of Justin Wayne Green. He's accused of the 2007 murder of 28 year old Fort Sill Soldier Jose Ramirez. But the remains of Ramirez weren't found until February 2012.

Authorities say an informant's tip led them to a shallow grave off FM 2332 near Petrolia, which contained skeletal remains that were identified as Ramirez's. Investigators say before his death, Ramirez had been stationed at Fort Sill, which is where he met Green, but sometime in October 2007, officials say Green shot Ramirez twice with a rifle because Ramirez reportedly did not believe in God and because he was reaching for gun.

According to an arrest affidavit, Green disposed of the body with help from three people. Authorities say those people were his mother, Terri Green, his sister, Brittany Green and his sister's friend, Stephanie Corral.

All three women were arrested and are out on bond waiting trail but the first trial to get underway is Greens. It's expected to start Wednesday at 9 a.m. and according to District Attorney Paige Williams, it should last two weeks with forensic evidence starting this Friday.
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