An Iowa man accused of killing two police officers has been seen in court for the first time since being charged.
46-year-old Scott Michael Greene had a short hearing at the Des Moines-based Polk County jail on Friday morning.
Clad in a pink prison jumpsuit and escorted by two red-shirted deputies, he appeared to have had blood drawn at some point, due to the gauze-padded bandage on his inner elbow.
Greene’s bail was set at $10 million.
Greene -who was reportedly jailed on Thursday- was taken into custody with the handcuffs that belonged to 39-year old DMPD Sergeant Anthony Beminio and 25-year-old Urbandale PD Officer Justin Martin, the two lawmen who were killed in an ambush suspected to be carried out by Greene.
Only missing for a short time, Greene had surrendered himself to a state Department of Natural Resources officer in Dallas County on Wednesday morning, 6-7 hours before his weapon was discovered.
Greene, an unemployed Urbandale resident, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly using a rifle to kill two police officers. Authorities reported on Thursday that a police K-9 had located the rifle in the general area where they believe green had engaged the officers.
District Judge Carla Schemmel determined on Tuesday that Greene had committed elder abuse against his 66-year-old mother, Patricia Greene, through physical abuse and financial exploitation. The judge told Greene he had to move out of his mother’s basement by November 6th and that he was to stay away from her for one year. Greene’s mother had also spent some time in jail for striking her son in the face during an altercation.
Despite her being jailed, A Facebook account belonging to Patricia Greene contained a number of pro-military and police posts, including a statement shared last month that said: “KILLING A POLICE OFFICER SHOULD BE A MANDATORY DEATH SENTENCE.”
Those around Michael Greene reported that he had been acting erratically of late, and was even at one time kicked out of a sporting event for waving a Confederate flag. Greene also suffered from financial issues, as well as a spotty employment record.
According to the Daily Mail, if Greene is found guilty of killing the two police officers, he could face life in prison without parole. A corresponding statement from the Des Moines Police Department states that the investigation has produced ample probable cause to support the charges.
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