Man charged with murder in death of Newport News officer denied motion for new attorney


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Vernon Green, the man charged with murder after the death of Newport News police Officer Katie Thyne in January 2020, wanted a new attorney Monday morning, but the judge disagreed.

Green faces a second-degree murder charge after Thyne was killed during a traffic stop.

Green told Newport News Circuit Court Judge Christopher Papile that his court-appointed attorney, public defender Edward Webb, was not keeping him informed of developments in his case. Papile denied the motion for a new attorney.

Green will have another pre-trial hearing next week. A trial date has not been set on the murder charge.

Police said Green dragged Thyne with his car for a block near Monitor Merrimac Overlook Park before he crashed into a tree. Thyne later died at the hospital.

The next day, investigators found a gun near the car that police say had Green’s fingerprint. Green was already a convicted felon on drug trafficking charges from 2003. The gun that Newport News police found led to a federal charge of a convicted felon with a gun.

In April, Green was sentenced on federal drug and gun charges related to the stop. He received 10 years for illegal gun possession and two years for the felony drug possession charge.

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