Perez Green admitted to beating victim with metal chair, documents say

Perez Green admitted to fatally beating a 49-year-old man over the head with a metal chair because the victim teased him about a haircut, charging documents say.

According to charging documents, Green, 37, said, “he couldn’t continue to be picked on,” and told police “he knew his actions were wrong and would accept the consequences in court.”

On October 26, 2016 police found James Harling unconscious and unresponsive suffering from head trauma in a cafeteria/meeting room at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 300 Pennsylvania Ave., SW. Harling was brought to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to witness interviews, Green and Harling were joking around, Harling was picking on Green’s haircut and said it was a “little boy’s haircut.” Witnesses heard Perez yell, “Stop playing! Not today!” and then what sounded like a chair strike the floor.

Police found Green at the Anacostia Metro Station, where Green went willingly with police. According to the warrant, Green freely told police “he had hit the guy once because he was tired of being picked on by him.”

According to charging documents, later in the station during an interview, Green admitted to picking up a metal chair, folding it closed and striking Harling on the head.

At the end of his interview, Green was brought to a local hospital because of mental health issues, he later returned to the station where was formally arrested and processed.

The defendant is currently released under the rules of the high intensity supervision program.

Green faces second-degree murder while armed charges and is expected in court March 3.


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