UPDATE: Man indicted on murder charge in roommate's beating death

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 5/15/19 5:05 P.M.

A Parkersburg man jailed in the beating death of his roommate in Parkersburg in February was indicted on a murder charge on Wednesday.

Joshua E. Greene, 34, was among 51 people named in criminal indictments returned by the May term of the Wood County grand jury.

Greene is accused in the death of Jason Tefft, 42, who was pronounced dead at WVU Medicine Camden Clark. Police said he sustained massive brain injuries after at least two fights with Greene.

Parkersburg Police arrested Greene several days after going to their home on Edgelawn Street to investigate a battery complaint and finding Teftt unresponsive.

Green is being held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail.


UPDATE: 2/27/2019 3:20 P.M.

Joshua Greene, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jason Tefft, waived his preliminary hearing in Wood County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

The case now goes to Circuit Court, where it is expected to be presented to the Wood County Grand Jury.


UPDATE: 2/20/19 12:40 P.M.

A Parkersburg man is in jail facing a first-degree murder charge in the alleged beating death of his roommate.

Parkersburg Police arrested Joshua Greene, 34, late Tuesday afternoon. He continues to be held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail pending his arraignment in Wood County Circuit Court.

Greene is accused in the death of Jason Tefft, 42, who was pronounced dead on Saturday at WVU Medicine Camden Clark. Police said he had sustained massive brain injuries.

Police began began investigating on Friday when officers and EMS personnel found Tefft unresponsive at his home at 809 Edgelawn Street.
Authorities had gone there to look into a battery complaint.

Police Chief Joseph Martin said investigators later determined that Tefft and Greene had been involved in two fights on Thursday and Friday.


UPDATE: 2/19/2019 10:51 PM

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, the Parkersburg Police Department concluded the homicide investigation involving the victim, Jason Tefft.

Parkersburg Police Detectives obtained a Murder warrant for the arrest of Joshua Emery Greene, 34, of 809 Edgelawn Street, Parkersburg. Greene was arrested at approximately 6:00 pm today without incident.

The criminal complaint alleges that the victim and the defendant were witnessed on the front porch of the residence on Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the early evening hours, Greene had struck Tefft in the face and head and Tefft did not defend himself. The complaint further alleges that later that same night Greene and a second individual had left the residence and later returned. Greene had discovered that his bed had been urinated on by Tefft.

Sometime early Friday February 15, 2019, Greene had struck Tefft in the face while he was asleep in bed. Greene dragged the victim out of the bedroom and into the hallway and again Greene struck the victim in the face. A witness stated that at that time, blood began to pour from the victim’s mouth. A second witness stated that Greene delivered several closed fist strikes to the victim’s head and chest as well as kicking the victim.

The beating resulted in the victim receiving a severe brain injury described as massive brain shift and bleeding around his brain.

Greene will make his initial court appearance at Wood County Magistrate Court Tuesday at 10:00 PM after being formally charged with Murder. He will remain in custody with no bail until he is arraigned in Wood County Circuit Court at a later time.

ORIGINAL STORY 2/18/2019

On Friday, February 15, 2019, the Parkersburg Police Department responded to 809 Edgelawn Street in reference to a battery complaint.

Officers arrived on scene along with EMS personnel and located a male subject who was unresponsive. The male subject was identified as Jason Tefft, 42, who resided at this residence. Tefft was transported to WVU Camden Clark for treatment.

Parkersburg Police Detectives were called to the scene to further the criminal investigation, as the status of the victim was critical. Detectives interviewed potential witnesses who had information about the events between Tefft and his roommate leading up to police arrival on this date.

The initial information revealed that Tefft had been involved in two separate altercations with his roommate on 2/14/19 and a second fight in the early morning hours on 2/15/19.

A search warrant was obtained to search the residence at 809 Edgelawn Street to collect evidence to be used in criminal prosecution.

The victim succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the fight with his roommate on Saturday, turning this case into a homicide investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow February 19 at the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Charleston. Detectives will observe the exam to obtain additional information and potential evidence to aid in the proper prosecution of this case.

The suspect in this case is known to the detectives working the investigation. At the conclusion of the autopsy, a criminal complaint will be obtained.