WOODLAND -- At first Samantha Green barely reacted to the jury’s decision finding her guilty of the second degree murder of her 3-week-old son Justice Rees in February of last year.
Then she glanced at her attorney in what looked like shock.
One by one, the 12 jurors affirmed their vote. It took the jury 10 hours to bypass the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter and find Green guilty of second degree murder.
Green cried silently and looked back at the courtroom gallery where her parents sat.
"She didn’t mean to kill my grandson," Green's father, Randy Green told reporters as he left the Yolo County Superior Courthouse.
Green killed baby Justice, leaving him in the Knight’s Landing Slough on a cold winter night, last February. The newborn was found dead two days later.
The day baby Justice was killed, the prosecution said Green left home in a methamphetamine-fueled jealous rage looking for her former fiancée and father of baby Justice, Frank Rees, and didn’t care about the danger to her child.
However, Green’s defense said she was being controlled by Rees, and that he was responsible for giving her with methamphetamine the night Justice died.
"I don’t know what to think right now, I’m just in shock," Rees said, after he left the courtroom, almost immediately after the verdict.
Green faces 15 years to life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced November 1.