Final Evidence Presented by Defense in El Centro Murder Trial

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Neil Green
Murder suspect Neil Green.

EL CENTRO – The final day of presentation of evidence took place Monday after a week-long trial in the Imperial County murder case of People vs. Neil Evans Green.

According to court documents, on July 6, 2012, victim Melvin Green was allegedly beaten to death by his son, Neil Evan Green, with an aluminum baseball bat inside their El Centro home.

Charges against the suspect include one count of murder with malice and forethought in connection with the death. The defense team is attempting to get the charges reduced to manslaughter, claiming the defendant was acting in self-defense.

The suspect, Neil Green, claimed he and his father had an argument that apparently escalated into a full-blown fight with his drunken father allegedly trying to beat him. The defense claims that the suspect’s only means of defending himself against his angry father was to use the bat.

However, Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Marcus Nunez has brought forth several character witnesses during the trial to testify of Melvin Green’s easy-going  personality to refute the defendant’s account of the father and son’s relationship. Nunez also pointed out autopsy findings that allegedly refuted the defendant’s testimony that the beating took place after his father chased and threatened him.

On Monday, Green’s defense attorney, Jill Cremeans, called Dr. Clark Richard Clipson to the stand as an expert witness to testify on defendant Neil Green’s mental state. Dr. Clipson is a psychologist from the San Diego area who works in the analytical field of neurology and the study of the criminal brain.

According to his testimony, Dr. Clipson interviewed Neil Green in 2014 and measured the defendant’s personality function, the battery of neurological strain, and took into account the amount of consumed alcohol on the night of the death of Green’s father.

According to his test results, Dr. Clipson testified that Neil Green was a passive person who would not want to or plan to murder someone.

On cross examination, Deputy District Attorney Nunez questioned whether Dr. Clipson was qualified to make statements about the defendant’s case, since the psychologist’s writings and studies appeared to be out of the scope of a case like Neil Green’s. Nunez attempted to compare the doctor’s psychological findings on the defendant with the personality traits of a psychopath, claiming the defendant did not show proper remorse after killing his father.

However, Dr. Clipson denied this, saying the defendant did not fit the profile of a psychopathic personality.

Both the defense and prosecution rested their cases after these final testimonies, and the trial will continue Wednesday with closing arguments and begin jury deliberation.