Many when we report on murder investigations, police say they aren't getting enough help from a neighborhood. They're not saying that about a Pleasant Ridge murder. The killing of a 50-year-old woman could have been a 'whodunnit' crime.
Then tips led to charges against a neighborhood teenager. Local 12's Deborah Dixon was back at the crime scene today as detectives searched for clues.
Javaneva Green's body was found in her first floor apartment on August 30th. She lived alone, didn't really have friends. She was sort of a neighborhood character who walked who talked to herself. Some people called her crazy. Donnie Williams saw her differently. "Most people be like she's crazy, with hand in the air, God this, God that, talking to the sky. Not crazy, and didn't mess with nobody."
After Green's family found her body, it took a couple of days for the calls to come in to police. "They let us know what they were observing typical behavior late at night- people hanging, and pointed us in the right direction."
Callers pointed in the direction of 17 year old Joshua Elmore, who is now charged in the murder of Javaneva Green. Green lived in this first floor apartment. When they found out she was murdered, neighbors remembered something. They remembered seeing Joshua running from Green's building to that building where he lives. Elmore apparently broke into Green's apartment and she confronted him.
Today CSI's searched a grassy area behind the complex for the murder weapon ... a knife apparently tossed into the weeds. A police dog helped track clues in the killing of a woman everyone said didn't bother anyone, except for the prayers she occasionally said out loud.
Right now Elmore is charged as a juvenile. He could be bound over to adult court to face the charge of aggravated murder.