Saturday, May 10, 2003

Murder suspect had violent history

N.Ky man charged in wife's death had earlier assault record

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LAKESIDE PARK - A man arrested in Chicago for the strangulation killing of his schoolteacher wife has a history of violence dating back a decade, once attacking the mother of one of his children in a supermarket parking lot.

Bahja A. Hocker told police in February 1995 that Dennis R. Greene, the father of her child, argued with her in a Cincinnati grocery store parking lot, pulled her hair on the drive home and hit her with a purse at their apartment.

Authorities issued a temporary protection order and charged Greene with domestic violence. He was later convicted and sentenced to 180 days in jail, fined $500 and ordered to attend a YWCA program for men who abuse women.

It is not immediately clear, however, if Greene actually served any time on the misdemeanor conviction.

Hamilton County Court records indicate Greene was arrested in 1993 for aggravated robbery and assault, but a grand jury refused to indict him on all but one assault charge. Court records indicate he pleaded guilty in that case to a reduced misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

The charges stemmed from an incident when he yanked a gold chain from another Cincinnati woman's neck, according to court documents

Greene is being held in Chicago on a murder warrant in the killing of his wife, 28-year-old Tara Greene. She was found Monday in the couple's apartment in the Derby Ridge complex in Lakeside Park.


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