Police officers who responded to a report from a man who may have been killed by the family dog on the farm of an Indiana couple in May 2014, were told by his ex-wife that they could search anywhere on the property, except for a large metal toolbox with a padlock on it.
When police later opened the box, they discovered the naked, decomposing body of 62-year-old Ray Green, riddled with 10 bullets. The family’s German Shepherd, Jazzy, was nowhere to be seen.
Green’s wife, then 42-year-old Danielle ‘Dani’ Green, a veteran gunman and rider, was later convicted of murder after a jury rejected her claim of self-defense. She is currently serving a 60-year sentence.
Danielle ‘Dani’ Green, a piano teacher and equestrian, claimed in May 2014 that her ex-husband, Ray Green, was murdered by her German Shepherd, Jazzy (pictured together)
Two days after Memorial Day in 2014, Ray’s decomposing body was riddled with 10 bullets found in his padlocked toolbox on the family’s Indiana property.
Dani (pictured in her mugshot, left) was charged with murder but claimed self-defense. She told investigators that she shot her ex-husband after he threatened to kill her
The twisted tale of Ray Green’s murder at the hands of his piano-playing, riding, armed wife, who then tried to blame Jazzy the dog for his death, is now the subject of an upcoming CBS ’48 hours episode entitled The Killing of Cowboy Ray Green, aired on Saturday nights.
The special features interviews with the family and friends of the ill-fated couple, including from their time participating in Cowboy Action Shooting, a sport where participants dress in Old West-style clothing and shoot for speed and accuracy. .
“They seemed like the perfect couple,” said friend Karen Auclair. “But you know, you never know what’s going on in a relationship.”
Dani, a piano teacher with a master’s degree in music and a passion for equestrian sports, first met Ray, a horse breeder and trainer, in San Antonio, Texas, around 2002.
The couple first met in San Antonio, Texas, around 2002, where Ray Green was a prosperous horse breeder and trainer. Dani had the ambition to participate in Olympic dressage
After moving to Florida, the Greens got involved in Cowboy Action Shooting, a sport where participants dress up in Old West style clothing and target shooting.
The Greens’ friends said Dani, better known as Dani Oakley, was more driven, focused and a better shot than her husband.
The couple married and moved to Palm Beach, Florida, where they lived on a 10-acre property where Dani trained to compete in Olympic dressage.
While living in Florida, the Greens got involved in the Cowboy Action Shooting sport, with participants choosing monikers related to the Old West. Dani was known as Dani Oakley, inspired by the legendary 19th century marksman Annie Oakley, while Ray chose the alias Doc R Green.
The Greens’ friends said Dani was the more focused, driven, and accurate shooter of two of them, while her husband was there to have fun.
During the 2008 financial crisis, the Greens were in troubled times and sold their Palm Beach home at a loss. Dani moved to her native Indiana in 2012 to care for her terminally ill parents, and Ray followed her there a year later.
The couple ran into financial difficulties during the 2008 crisis and moved to Indiana in 2012 so that Dani could care for her ailing parents. Ray and Dani filed for divorce in January 2014, but continued to live together on a 300-acre farm
In May 2014, Dani and Ray divorced but were still living together in Dillsboro, Indiana. Two days after Memorial Day, the woman called her 84-year-old mother-in-law, Betty, and told her that the family’s dog, Jazzy, had killed Ray by biting him in the throat.
Betty Green called the police and asked for a welfare check.
Agents responding to the Greens’ 300-acre ranch found Dani outside in a lawn chair.
Dani told police that her husband was not dead, but was on the road as a truck driver, except that his truck was still parked on the property.
The police tracked down Ray’s cellphone, which was haggling on the farm.
Dani allowed officers to search the entire site, except for the large padlocked toolbox outside, which was covered in flies and smelled of decay.
When police issued a search warrant and opened the container, they found Ray’s naked body inside. The man had been shot 10 times with the type of bullets used by participants in Cowboy Action Shooting.
Results of an autopsy showed that he was shot once in the temple, four times in the back of the head, and five times in the body while in bed on May 26, 2014.
Dani claimed self-defense, saying she killed her ex-husband with a .38-caliber rifle that was in his bedroom because he threatened to kill her.
Dani Green was convicted of murder in 2015 and sentenced to 60 years in prison (in the photo he is brought to trial)
The next day, she called Ray’s boss and told him he had been killed in an accident. She later called him back to say he had been killed by the family dog.
Court documents, seen by Eagle Country Online, showed that in March 2014 Dani searched the internet for ‘headshot from .38 at close range’, ‘if you shoot someone with a .38 caliber pistol in the head, the light is off or possibly survive ‘and’ what happens if you are shot in the head ‘.
In late 2015, Danielle Green was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
In December 2016, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld Green’s conviction and ruled that her self-defense claims were unfounded. Indiana attorney.
Jazzy, the Greens’ German Shepherd falsely blamed for Ray’s death, was never found.