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New Windsor council member once convicted of murder being held on assault charge

A member of the New Windsor Town Council who was convicted of a 1999 murder has been arrested and charged with assault.

Terry M. Green, 39, of New Windsor, was arrested Jan. 3 and is being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center after being charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault, according to electronic court records.

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New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop noted Green’s absence at the beginning of last week’s town council meeting.

“For the time being, we will continue holding our monthly town council meetings and work sessions as scheduled,” Roop told the Times via email Monday. “As with all meetings, as long as there is a quorum, town business will continue as usual.”

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According to charging documents, a deputy with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 11:38 p.m. on Jan. 3 for a reported incident at a New Windsor residence. He spoke with a woman at the scene, who said she and Green had gotten into a verbal argument that turned physical.

The woman said she and Green began to argue, charging documents state, and that he yelled insults at her, but that she did not remember details about how the physical altercation began. The woman told police she attempted to crawl upstairs after being on the floor, with Green on her back.

According to charging documents, she said Green placed her in a headlock when she got to the top of the stairs and she had difficulty breathing for about a minute, according to charging documents. She said she bit him on the right biceps to get him off of her, but believed he released his grip under his own power.

The deputy observed redness around the woman’s neck and upper chest area, redness around her lower right cheek area, and slight bruising on her left cheek, according to charging documents. The deputy also observed dried blood on the woman’s left nostril.

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Green told the deputy the woman became angry with him for what he described as no reason and said he began to film the woman on his cell phone and that she lunged out and bit him on the right biceps, according to charging documents. Green advised that he pushed the woman off of him and to the ground, holding her in a leg lock to keep her from advancing. She then went upstairs and Green followed, and he said the woman punched him in the face.

The determination was made by law enforcement that Green was “the aggressor” and was placed under arrest, charging documents state.

A preliminary hearing for Green is scheduled for Feb. 3, according to electronic court records.

Green was elected to the New Windsor Town Council in 2019 and has been employed by the state of Maryland for over five years, according to the town website.

Green was convicted in 2001 of second-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 1999 death of John Straley.

“We just recently became aware of this conviction,” Roop said via email.

Green is represented by attorney Haven Shoemaker, who declined to comment about Green’s present case but noted that he thought Green served 14 years of a 20-year prison sentence for Straley’s death. Shoemaker did not represent Green in that case.

Green testified under oath that he was lured into a conspiracy to kill Straley by Samantha Straley, whom he had been dating for about three months, according to a 2001 article by The Daily Times in Salisbury. This conspiracy, he said, was hatched in a matter of brief conversations on two nights the week before the fire with his girlfriend’s mother, Madeline, and family friend James E. Jarrett Jr.

Green testified that he entered Straley’s home with Jarrett, grabbed Straley while he was sitting on a bed watching television, and choked him until he was unconscious, according to the newspaper’s account, and that the two men carried his body upstairs and Green lit a cigarette, flicked it into the room with Straley’s body in it, and Jarrett sprinkled gasoline in the room.

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