Murdered mother had filed for protective order, but case dismissed

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jan 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-03 03:52:10-05

HENRICO, Va. (WTVR) -- Sherwood Green describes his big sister as a smiling face with a big heart.

“She was a great woman,” he said. “She's going to be truly missed."

Richmond police discovered 26-year-old Sheena Green's body early Sunday morning on the city's Northside after the former daycare worker was shot and killed.

"All of us don't know why he did that to her," Green said.

Green's alleged killer, Corenzo Hill, surrendered to Richmond police late Sunday night, just hours after a SWAT team served a search warrant at his mother's Henrico county home.

Green said that “a long time ago” his sister told the family that Hill had threatened to kill her, and that Hill had “pulled a gun out on her.”

“…And that’s when we should’ve took heed, Green said.

According to Henrico court records, the mother of two had requested a permanent protective order a week before she was killed, but the judge dismissed the case after Green failed to appear in court.

"I didn't know about it because somebody was supposed to have taken her down there to do it," said Green.

CBS 6 Legal expert Todd Stone stressed the importance of showing up to court. He said the victim must prove they're in danger, if not the case will be dismissed.

"That happens a lot and people, often when there's a protective order taken out on some, they a lot of times will not show up because they're back together with the person -- or they're afraid of the person sometimes," Stone said.

Whether or not that was the situation, the family is vowing to keep Green's memory alive.

"We're going to be alright.  She's going to live on.  I'm going to make sure she lives on.  Ya'll ain't got to worry about that," her baby brother said.

Hill is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 13.  He's charged with Abduction by Force, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in connection with the shooting death of Sheena Green.

Stone told CBS 6 that prosecutors are working to get enough evidence to present to the grand jury and charge Hill with murder.

"They may choose strategically to wait until circuit court on a direct indictment because in that situation they don't have to give him a preliminary hearing,” Stone said. "So, it's easier for a prosecutor to do that.”

Stay with and CBS 6 News for updates on this story.