- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - A Georgia man accused of killing his former roommate in 2009 told investigators he strangled him with a baseball bat, an Iowa police chief testified Tuesday.

The second trial of John Green began with jury seating Monday and opening statements from attorneys and testimony from Sac City Police Chief John Thompsen Tuesday, The Messenger reports (https://bit.ly/19EdERR ). Green, 55, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Mark Koster in Sac City.

Green’s original trial was held in Webster County because his attorney argued that pretrial publicity would make it impossible for Green to receive a fair trial in Sac City. The same argument was used against holding the second trial in Fort Dodge. The first ended in a mistrial.

Koster was declared missing in 2010 and declared dead in 2011. His remains were found buried in the basement of his Sac City home in 2012 after new homeowners began renovations.

During his testimony, Thompsen said when investigators interviewed Green about his roommate’s death, they suggested that Koster died of an accident or that he had been causing problems in the home. Thompsen testified that Green then said he had been on the computer and Koster had been yelling at him when the alleged strangling occurred.

In their opening arguments, Green’s attorneys said he killed Koster in self-defense.


Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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