Alleged Cop Killer Ordered to Move Out of Mom's Basement

Scott Greene found guilty of elder abuse hours before officers were killed
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2016 5:45 PM CDT
Alleged Cop Killer Ordered to Move Out of Mom's Basement
Scott Greene   (Des Moines Police Department via AP)

Scott Greene, the man suspected of killing two Iowa police officers Wednesday, had been ordered to move out of his mother's basement and was having serious money troubles, CBS News reports. In mid-October, 66-year-old Patricia Greene was jailed for allegedly hitting her 46-year-old son in the face during an argument. While she was incarcerated, a friend of hers says Scott Greene promised "he would move and not bother" his mom if his mom gave him $20,000. Patricia Greene filed for a restraining order, and on Tuesday—just hours before officers were killed—a judge found Scott Greene guilty of elder abuse for "physically hitting and financially exploiting" his mother. The judge ordered him to move out of her basement by Nov. 6 and return $10,000 to her.

An unemployed Scott Greene seemed "pretty desperate" for a job when he was hired by a construction business last month, claiming he had to provide for his teen daughter. But he quit three days later after being sent home "because he was not taking directions and wasn't working." Those who knew Greene say he wasn't dealing well with his recent divorce and the death of his father, the Huffington Post reports. He also has a history of run-ins with police. Still, authorities have given no motive in the killings of the two officers. Greene was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder and faces life in prison without parole. According to NBC News, police believe they found the rifle used to kill the officers hidden "very well in a brushy rural area" Thursday. (Read more murder stories.)

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