The man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend as she slept this week was formally charged with murder during an emotional court hearing Friday that ended with an outburst from the victim’s mother.
“He’s a devil’s son!” Tina Martin exclaimed after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gregory F. Haas read the charges against Dameshlo Green. “Murderer!”
Green, 34, who hid his face in his arms during the hearing, also burst into loud sobs before being removed from the courtroom.
He is accused of fatally shooting Tamisha Ridge, 31, at close range with a shotgun as she slept in her Woodbine Avenue home early Wednesday. During his arraignment, he was charged with murder and being a felon in possession of a shotgun. Haas appointed him a public defender.
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Ridge’s three children, one of them fathered by Green, were sleeping upstairs when Sacramento police that allege he sneaked through an unlocked door and attacked Ridge. The children are now being cared for by Martin, who lives down the street from her daughter’s house.
Outside court, Martin was inconsolable and nearly had to be carried out of the building.
“She’s never coming back,” she whimpered between wails that filled the hallway. More than two dozen family members and friends attempted to comfort her.
Ridge, a fashion designer who built a following by posting sewing tutorials on YouTube, had ended her relationship with Green years ago and obtained a temporary restraining order against him in Los Angeles County in 2009. Martin said an order remained in effect at the time of the shooting.
She had encouraged her daughter to leave Southern California and return to Sacramento, where she grew up, to get away from Green.
Green has a long history of violence against women, with documented cases in Sacramento County dating back to 2002. He has been convicted of such abuse five times, earning a four-year prison sentence in 2011 for his most recent case, in which he violently, sexually assaulted a girlfriend. It is not clear when he was released from prison.
Ridge, meanwhile, was building a new life in Sacramento, where she hoped to find a home big enough to house a design studio. Her Facebook feed is filled with quotes from the Bible and pictures of her children, her fashion and her garden.
Awaiting Friday’s hearing, Ridge’s stepfather, Antonio Martin, warned women to be careful who they date.
“Cause you’ll end up like my daughter,” he said. “Watch them men out there. They no good.”
Green is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.