Man accused of capital murder in elderly Augusta woman's death returns to court

Kelvin Johnson

As the fourth anniversary of Martha Greene’s death passed this week, the man accused of killing her and shooting her husband was back in court Thursday for what is supposed to be his last hearing before his capital murder trial.

Kelvin Johnson, 28, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to a number of charges.

Before Johnson’s death penalty trial can begin, the judge has allowed the defense team to appeal at least one issue to the Georgia Supreme Court: Was Judge J. David Roper correct when he ruled the prosecution may introduce evidence that Johnson also stands accused in unrelated burglary and rape cases if a jury finds him guilty of murder in Greene’s death.

Greene, 69, was at home the evening of Aug. 26, 2009, and her husband, Tilman “T.C.” Greene, was working in his garage at their Plantation Road home when a man riding a bike stopped at their house. The man approached Tilman Greene and pointed a gun at him. Greene tried to wrestle the gun away and was shot in the face, according to reports. The assailant entered the house, shot his wife and stole a big-screen television and the couple’s truck.

At the time of the attack, Johnson had been out of prison for three months.

He was indicted separately on the unrelated burglary and rape charges after his arrest in the killing.

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