Deliberations began Wednesday in the murder Samantha Green, the Woodland mother accused in the February 2015 death of her newborn son in a remote Yolo County slough.
Yolo Superior Court jurors heard closing arguments in the trial Wednesday.
Prosecutors allege Green, 25, caused her child’s death by wandering with the infant into Ridge Cut Slough near Knights Landing in a meth-addled attempt to find her then-fiancé, Frank Rees. Hours earlier, prosecutors say Green and Rees argued at a Woodland gas station over a planned sexual encounter with a female friend of Rees’ in Knights Landing before Rees left for Knights Landing alone.
Green returned to their Woodland home, packed up the baby and headed out for Knights Landing, prosecutors allege. Green and her infant son were later reported missing, but a distraught Green emerged Feb. 24, 2015, on a levee road telling a resident that she had been kidnapped and that she could not find her son.
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Searchers found a lifeless Justice Rees in the slough the next day, Feb. 25, 2015, amid brush and trees.
Green’s defense attorney Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson argued that the Woodland woman did not intend to kill Justice.
In testimony at trial, a forensic psychologist testified that Green was in a psychotic state and high on methamphetamine likely administered by Rees as she wandered along Ridge Cut Slough and suggested Rees shares blame for their son’s death.
Jurors listened to Green’s jailhouse interviews with investigators in which she described Rees dosing her with a mixture of methamphetamine and acetone before she headed to Knights Landing.
Rees has not been charged in Justice Rees’ death.
“To pin this solely on (Green) seems unfair,” UC Davis psychologist Matthew Soulier said last week under questioning from Olson, saying other people were in Green’s life but that “Frank controlled her.”