Accused Olive Branch killer expected to walk free before trial

Killer Getting Out Of Jail

OLIVE BRANCH, MS - (WMC-TV) – Photos of China Jones are a constant reminder to her mother of a life tragically lost and the two young children whose lives were forever changed by her death.

"She was a giving and loving person who believed in what was right," said Sandra Jones Phillips.

The 33-year-old mother was strangled a year and a half ago inside her Olive Branch home.  Her boyfriend, Jelani Greene, was charged with murder after police found him wandering naked down the street.

"I don't want anyone to have to go through what I went through and my family," said Phillips.

But she fears they might go through the same thing after hearing news that Greene is expected to avoid trial and walk free following a hearing next Tuesday.

Phillips said she's afraid Greene could kill again.

"Yes, yes I am," said Phillips.

DeSoto County district attorney John Champion said Mississippi law requires him to recommend Greene's release based on two forensic mental evaluations conducted since his arrest.

"And both of them have come to the same conclusion," said Champion.  "That at the time the crime was committed, he was insane."

Champion said evaluations also revealed Greene no longer poses a threat, despite his own personal doubts.

"We knew from the get go that this was a potential issue in the case," said Champion.

It's something with which the victim's family will have to learn to live.

"The laws need to be changed," said Phillips.

This is the second time an accused killer in DeSoto County will get to walk free within a month.  Charges against former Memphis Police detective Kelton Green were dismissed after it was determined there was not enough evidence to convict him of his wife's murder.

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