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Preliminary hearing postponed for Martinsburg man charged in wife's slaying

Rickie L. Greenfield Jr.'s court-appointed attorney granted more time to review case

August 29, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Rickie L. Greenfield Jr.
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A scheduled preliminary hearing Thursday for a Martinsburg man charged in the Aug. 21 slaying of his wife has been postponed to give his newly appointed attorney time to review the case, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said.

Rickie L. Greenfield Jr., 29, of Pendleton Drive, is being held with bond on one count of first degree murder in the death of Jill Greenfield, 29, of the same address. 

Greenfield was due to appear before Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington for the preliminary hearing.

Jill Greenfield was found dead, lying in bed with severe trauma to her face and head in a rear bedroom of their apartment, which is off Tavern Road, the court records said. 

A hammer covered in blood was found next to her body on the bed, police said. 

Games-Neely said Jill Greenfield’s death was ruled a homicide.

Rickie Greenfield was taken into custody without incident outside the Rumsey Terrace Apartments complex by officers from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police and Martinsburg Police Department.  The Rumsey Terrace apartment complex is less than five miles away from the Pendleton Drive address.

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A police officer said Greenfield indicated at one point while he was in custody that he and his wife were having marital problems, according to court records.

The officer has reported that the defendant told him  he just “snapped” after his wife began telling him in front of their children that she was done with him and that she would be with whomever she wanted,  according to court records.

Greenfield’s father, Rickie Greenfield Sr., and a friend and co-worker of the defendant both told police that the accused admitted to killing his wife shortly after it occurred. Greenfield’s father said his son had told him that the couple was having marital problems, and that on a different date his son said he was going to kill his wife and that she was cheating on him, the records said. 

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