Woman serving 60 years in prison for killing her ex-husband blamed his death on their dog

Police officers who responded to an Indiana couple’s farm in May 2014 for a report of a man who possibly had been killed by the family dog were told by his ex-wife that they could search anywhere, except for a large toolbox with a padlock on it. 

When cops later opened the box, they discovered the naked, decomposing body of 62-year-old Ray Green riddled with 10 bullets. The family’s pet German Shepherd, Jazzy, was nowhere to be found. 

Green’s wife, then-42-year-old Danielle ‘Dani’ Green, a skilled shooter and equestrian, was later convicted of his murder after a jury rejected her claim of self-defense. She is serving a 60-year prison sentence. 

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Danielle 'Dani' Green, a piano teacher and equestrian, in May 2014 claimed that her ex-husband, Ray Green, had been killed by her German Shepherd, Jazzy (pictured together)

Danielle 'Dani' Green, a piano teacher and equestrian, in May 2014 claimed that her ex-husband, Ray Green, had been killed by her German Shepherd, Jazzy (pictured together)

Danielle ‘Dani’ Green, a piano teacher and equestrian, in May 2014 claimed that her ex-husband, Ray Green, had been killed by her German Shepherd, Jazzy (pictured together)  

Two days after Memorial Day in 2014, Ray's decomposing body riddled with 10 bullets was found inside his padlocked toolbox on the family's property in Indiana

Two days after Memorial Day in 2014, Ray's decomposing body riddled with 10 bullets was found inside his padlocked toolbox on the family's property in Indiana

Two days after Memorial Day in 2014, Ray’s decomposing body riddled with 10 bullets was found inside his padlocked toolbox on the family’s property in Indiana 

Dani was charged with murder but claimed self-defense

Dani was charged with murder but claimed self-defense

She told investigators that she shot her ex-husband after he threatened to kill her

She told investigators that she shot her ex-husband after he threatened to kill her

Dani (pictured in her mugshot, left) was charged with murder but claimed self-defense. She told investigators that she shot her ex-husband after he threatened to kill her 

The twisted tale of Ray Green’s slaying at the hands of his piano-playing, horseback-riding, gun-toting wife, who then tried to blame his death on Jazzy the dog, is now the subject of an upcoming CBS’ 48 Hours episode, The Killing of Cowboy Ray Green, airing on Saturday night.

The special features interviews with the ill-fated couple’s family members and friends, including some who competed with them in Cowboy Action Shooting: a sport where participants dress in Old West-style clothing and target shoot for speed and accuracy. 

‘They seemed like to me the perfect couple,’ said friend Karen Auclair. ‘But, you know, you never know what’s going on in a relationship.’

Dani, a piano teacher with a Master’s degree in music and a passion for equestrian sports, first met Ray, a horse breeder and trainer, in San Antonio, Texas, around 2002.

The couple first met in San Antonio, Texas, around 2002, where Ray Green was a prosperous horse breeder and traine

The couple first met in San Antonio, Texas, around 2002, where Ray Green was a prosperous horse breeder and traine

Dani aspired to compete in Olympic dressage

Dani aspired to compete in Olympic dressage

The couple first met in San Antonio, Texas, around 2002, where Ray Green was a prosperous horse breeder and trainer. Dani aspired to compete in Olympic dressage

After moving to Florida, the Greens became involved in Cowboy Action Shooting, which is a sport where participants dress up in Old West-style clothes and target shoot

After moving to Florida, the Greens became involved in Cowboy Action Shooting, which is a sport where participants dress up in Old West-style clothes and target shoot

After moving to Florida, the Greens became involved in Cowboy Action Shooting, which is a sport where participants dress up in Old West-style clothes and target shoot

The Greens' friends said Dani, known as Dani Oakley, was more driven, focused and a better shot than her husband

The Greens' friends said Dani, known as Dani Oakley, was more driven, focused and a better shot than her husband

The Greens’ friends said Dani, known as Dani Oakley, was more driven, focused and a better shot than her husband 

The couple married and moved to Palm Beach, Florida, where they lived on a 10-acre property where Dani trained to compete in Olympic dressage. 

While living in Florida, the Greens became involved in Cowboy Action Shooting, where participants are known to pick monikers related to the Old West. Dani called herself Dani Oakley, inspired by the legendary 19th century sharpshooter Annie Oakley, while Ray chose the alias Doc R Green. 

The Greens’ friends said Dani was the more focused, driven and accurate shooter of two of them, while her husband was there to have fun. 

During the financial crisis of 2008, the Greens fell on hard times and ended up selling their Palm Beach home at a loss. Dani moved to her native Indiana in 2012 to care for her terminally ill parents, and Ray followed her there a year later. 

The couple ran into financial problems during the 2008 crisis, and in 2012 relocated to Indiana so that Dani could care for her ailing parents

The couple ran into financial problems during the 2008 crisis, and in 2012 relocated to Indiana so that Dani could care for her ailing parents

Ray and Dani filed for a divorce in January 2014 but continued living together on a 300-acre farm

Ray and Dani filed for a divorce in January 2014 but continued living together on a 300-acre farm

The couple ran into financial problems during the 2008 crisis, and in 2012 relocated to Indiana so that Dani could care for her ailing parents. Ray and Dani filed for a divorce in January 2014 but continued living together on a 300-acre farm 

By May 2014, Dani and Ray were divorced but still living together in Dillsboro, Indiana. Two days after Memorial Day, the woman called her 84-year-old mother-in-law, Betty, and told her that the family’s dog, Jazzy, had killed Ray by biting him on the throat. 

Betty Green called the police and requested a welfare check.

Officers who responded to the Greens’ 300-acre farm found Dani sitting in a lawn chair outside. 

Dani told police that her husband was not dead but was on the road working as a truck driver, except his truck was still parked on the property.

Police traced Ray’s cellphone, which pinged on the farm. 

Dani permitted officers to search the entire property, except for the large padlocked toolbox standing outside, which was swarming with flies and reeked of decay.

When police executed a search warrant and opened the container, they found Ray’s naked body inside. The man had been shot 10 times with the type of bullets used by Cowboy Action Shooting participants. 

Results from an autopsy showed that he was shot once in the temple, four times in the back of the head and five times in the body while he was in bed on May 26, 2014. 

Dani claimed self-defense, saying that she killed her ex-husband with a .38-caliber gun that was in his bedroom because he had threatened to kill her. 

Dani Green was convicted of murder in 2015 and sentenced to 60 years in prison (pictured being led to court)

Dani Green was convicted of murder in 2015 and sentenced to 60 years in prison (pictured being led to court)

Dani Green was convicted of murder in 2015 and sentenced to 60 years in prison (pictured being led to court) 

The following day, she called Ray’s boss and told him he had died in an accident. She later called him back to say he had been killed by the family dog. 

Court documents, seen by Eagle Country Online, showed that in March 2014, Dani searched the internet for ‘headshot from .38 at close range’, ‘if you shoot someone with a .38 caliber handgun in the head is it lights out or possibly survive’ and ‘what happens when you get shot in the head’. 

In the fall of 2015, Danielle Green was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison. 

In December 2016, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Green’s conviction, ruling that her claims of self-defense were baseless, reported The Indiana Lawyer. 

Jazzy, the Greens’ German Shephard who was falsely blamed for Ray’s death, was never found. 

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