Trial set for Griffith man accused of killing pregnant wife
HOMICIDE: David Green faces 130 years if convicted, but not the death penalty


This story ran on on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 12:40 AM CST


CROWN POINT | A Griffith man accused of killing his pregnant wife and the baby boy she was within days of delivering will go on trial May 2.

David Michael Green, 29, appeared in court Monday. He has pleaded not guilty to the double murder charge.

Green agreed to provide police with a statement in exchange for the state agreeing not to seek the death penalty. He faces 130 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

Upon his arrest, Green told police he had dinner with his estranged wife, Stacy Green, and their two children Nov. 2 at her home at 1216 N. Arbogast St., Griffith.

David Green told police that after the children went to bed he told Stacy Green, 29, he was seeing another woman and she became angry. He said she picked up a knife so he kicked her several times to defend himself. He said he put his arm around her neck, squeezed hard and felt something pop before she went limp, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Green said when he laid her on the floor, he saw blood coming from her neck. Lake County Coroner David Pastrick said Stacy Green died of a stab wound to the left side of the neck that cut her right carotid artery and fractured her cervical spine.

Rather than call for help, Green said he washed off the knife and put it back in the drawer, then went to his girlfriend's house for the night.

The next morning Green called his 5-year-old son asking to talk with Mommy. When his son said she couldn't come to the phone, Green repeatedly asked him to get Mommy. The boy finally said Mommy was on the floor and there was blood.

That's when Green called 911.

The couple had been married for eight years but separated for the past two.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 31.