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Followup: The continuing murder case of Darlene Green

Criminal trials can take a lot of time to prepare for. Sometimes months — and sometimes even a year or two. 

We’ve received some calls and emails to the newsroom about one particular case — State of Washington vs. Darlene Green — that you may recall is ongoing in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Green’s trial, after numerous delays — known as “continuances” in the criminal justice world — is now slated to start about two months from now, on Dec. 5.

Green is charged with the second-degree murder of her husband, William “Bill” Green. She was arrested by Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies June 18, 2010, after she called her two sons to tell them she’d shot him, according to court documents. Deputies found the 81-year-old Bill Green dead in the living room of the couple’s Illahee Road home.

Green told deputies in an interview that she’d shot her husband because he told her to. Deputies had been called to their home for domestic violence issues in the past.

On Sept. 9, prosecutors filed an additional count of first-degree manslaughter to go with the murder charge.

From documents filed in the case, it appears that part of Green’s defense is that she had the victim’s consent — a point prosecutors say is not acceptable to raise at trial.

Deputy prosecutor Kevin Anderson argues that promoting a suicide attempt is itself a crime and is therefore not a valid defense.

“In a case where it is alleged that the defendant has shot the victim, may the victim raise as a defense that the victim consented to the shooting?” Anderson wrote in a court filing. “No, the consent, even if freely given is contrary to public policy.”

It looks as though the defense will file a brief on that issue as well, but it doesn’t appear to yet be in the court file.

Green posted $500,000 bail in November 2010 to remain out of custody prior to trial.

LIVE BLOG: Opening Arguments in the Mustard Murder Trial

CASE BACKGROUND: A 19-year-old South Kitsap man goes on trial today for the aggravated murder of 87-year-old Ruby Andrews in April 2009, following almost two weeks of jury selection.

Opening arguments are slated in the case of Daniel James Mustard this morning.

Mustard, 17 at the time of the incident, is accused of stabbing and robbing Andrews in her Colchester home on April 5, 2009. He is being tried as an adult.

The case hinges on Mustard’s mental state at the time of the offense.

Prosecutors are slated to argue that Mustard knew right from wrong when he killed Andrews. But Bryan Hershman, Mustard’s attorney, will attempt to sway jurors that Mustard was either insane or had “diminished capacity” — that he couldn’t fully comprehend his actions — at the time of the killing.

The Kitsap Sun will carry a live blog of the opening arguments when they begin at 10:30 a.m. this morning.

LIVE BLOG: Opening Arguments in Port Orchard Murder Trial

Opening arguments in the trial of a former Port Orchard man accused of killing a 23-month-old toddler are slated for this afternoon.

Henry Paul Musgrove III, 31, faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of his wife’s daughter, Izabell Davis-Hull.

Musgrove’s wife, Amber Lyn Musgrove, has accepted an offer of immunity from prosecutors, in exchange for her testimony in the case.

The girl died likely from a blow to the abdomen on February 23, 2008. After a lengthy Port Orchard police investigation, county prosecutors charged both the 31-year-old and his wife with her death. But Amber Musgrove’s charges will be dropped if she completes her agreement to testify, according to prosecutors.

The trial is expected to last between two and three weeks; jury selection has already taken a week.

The live blog is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Kitsap County Superior Court.