A Grimes County jury sentenced James Daniel “Danny” Green of Bedias to life in prison Wednesday for the 2016 murder of Jason Currie, a Madisonville man found in a ditch after a three-week missing person investigation.
According to Grimes County District Attorney Andria Bender, Green faced 25 years to life after the jury found him guilty after 18 minutes of deliberation on Tuesday. He was out on parole from burglary offenses committed in Madison County at the time of the killing.
Colton Joe Manning of Madisonville also faces charges in the killing, which occurred at a ranch in Grimes County. Bender said a May 16 status hearing will determine Manning’s trial date. Manning, who had no prior felony record, faces a sentence of 5-99 years to life in prison, she said.
According to earlier Meteor reports, Currie was reported missing June 26, 2016. According to the affidavits for arrest warrant, Currie and another person met with the suspects to purchase methamphetamines.
After a short drive to an undeveloped area in Grimes County, a fight between the victim, Green and Manning ensued, and the two suspects allegedly shot Currie several times, the affidavit states.
The witness escaped in Currie’s vehicle, which he later crashed, and was investigated by Grimes County deputies.
The suspects then allegedly moved Currie’s body to an undisclosed location; the next day, the body was moved and dumped into a creek bed, where it was later found by sheriff’s deputies, the affidavit states.
The remains later were positively identified as those of Jason Currie.
“This verdict and sentence against Danny Green gives a measure of justice to the family of Jason Currie. Our office looks forward to the trial setting for the co-defendant, Colton Manning, later this year,” Bender said in a news release.