Crime & Courts

Sep 22, 2011 6:47 PM by US Attorney's Office

War Club gets life sentence on murder charge

Robert War Club of Wolf Point has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Richard Green.

At trial, the following evidence and testimony was presented to the jury:

On April 20, 2006, Richard Green's body was found in his garage, located outside of Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Green was a pawnbroker and poker dealer, both cash businesses; he was known to carry large amounts of cash.

He had injuries to his head and face, and his throat had been slashed. The lining of his pocket was pulled out and there was no money in his pockets or wallet. The knife, a red butterfly knife, which was used to slash Green's throat, was laying near the body.

After an investigation that involved interviews, evidence collection, and laboratory testing of evidence, a hair and fiber found on Green's body and in his body bag were linked to War Club.

War Club had purchased a red butterfly knife from a local knife dealer months before the murder and had been seen with a red butterfly knife before the murder.

War Club, a former tribal criminal investigator, had become addicted to pills and meth after sustaining an on-the-job shoulder injury that ended his law enforcement career. Months before the murder, War Club's workers compensation benefits were cut off.

At the time of Green's murder, War Club owed Green $2,000, more than anyone else. On April 20, 2006, War Club was given a ride to Green's house, before the body was found.

After the sentence was announced, U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter said, "The conviction of Robbie War Club and the Court's imposition of a life sentence today would not have been possible without the cooperation of our law enforcement partners and the diligent work of the jury in this case. Justice for the victim and community has been achieved through this conviction and sentence."

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