James Green, 31, arrested for double murder
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne police announced on Wednesday that police in Georgia have made an arrest connected to the double murder case on Tanglewood Lane.
Authorities say Pooler Georgia Police Department responded to a suspicious person call at the First Baptist Church of Pooler (204 US-80, Pooler, GA). The call regarded a man asking to speak to the church’s pastor as he needed money.
When the man was told the pastor was not available, he started asking other questions about the church, which raised concern for the church’s safety.
As a result, a church member called the police.
The Pooler Georgia Police Department responded to the call of a suspicious person Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. from the church member at First Baptist Church of Pooler.
When Pooler police officers made contact with the man, they identified him as James C. Green of 1052 Tanglewood Lane, from Melbourne.
“Green was acting erratic and not able to rationally answer any of their questions raising their suspicion,” police recall in a statement. “During the interaction, Green quickly attempted to get away from the officers and into the car he had been driving.”
“He was immediately detained by the officers who later found a handgun in the car and arrested Green for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting officers without violence.”
The car Green had been driving was registered to Alford G. Baker of 1052 Tanglewood Lane in Melbourne.
The Pooler police officers requested the Melbourne Police Department to conduct a well-being check at the home due to Green’s irrational behavior. When Melbourne officers arrived at the home, they found the bodies of Alford G. Baker and his sister, Teresa A. Baker.
Both victims’ deaths are considered a homicide, police say.
Green is the nephew of Alford and Teresa and all resided at the Tanglewood home.
Melbourne Police Detectives traveled to Pooler, Georgia, and are working closely with the Pooler City Police Department.
Green is being held in Pooler on the initial charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting officers. As of now, Green is the only person of interest in the deaths of Alford Baker and Teresa Baker.
This investigation is still ongoing, with the likelihood of additional charges to follow.
Green has a criminal record over the past year in Brevard County that includes retail theft and First-Degree Arson (with people inside).
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