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Jeremy Green pleads not guilty to wife's murder

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A man accused of shooting his wife to death in Scripps Ranch made his first court appearance Monday.

During Jeremy Green's arraignment, bail was set at $5 million. Green, 40, fled to Mexico after allegedly shooting and killing his 37-year-old wife Tressa Green Saturday, June 6 around 2:11 p.m. in the 9600 block of Business Park Ave., located just east of Interstate 15 and south of Canyon Road. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 24.

"The victim was getting into the passenger seat when the defendant went to the trunk and pulled out a shotgun and he deliberately shot his wife," said the prosecution. 

Tressa's mother gasped and broke down in tears when she heard prosecutors describe what happened next.

"A witness reported that after Tressa Green was already on the ground, the defendant then chose to shoot his wife two more times, and fled leaving his wife to die at the scene," said the prosecution. 

During a 9:00 a.m. press conference Friday at the San Diego Police Department headquarters, Capt. David Nisleit said homicide detectives had been in contact with Jeremy Green for several days, working to facilitate his surrender.

"Anytime that somebody murders somebody in the City of San Diego, that's a very, very serious case, and we will do everything we can to bring that person to justice," said Capt. David Nisleit.

Deputy District Attorney Julie Lynn asked the judge to set bail at $5 million since Green is a proven flight risk, but Green's attorney argued that bail be set at one million dollars since he voluntarily turned-himself into authorities. 

According to Capt. Nisleit, Jeremy Green flew from Cancun to Tijuana where he met with Mexican authorities before crossing the border. At approximately 1:00 a.m. Friday, Jeremy Green surrendered to authorities at the San Ysidro border crossing where he was arrested and later booked into jail on suspicion of murder.

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The couple had just left marriage counseling when the shooting occurred. According to witnesses, Green and his wife were in a verbal argument when he pulled out a gun, fatally shooting her before driving off in his silver Corvette. The San Diego Police Department assigned several of its units, as well as other law enforcement agencies, to work on the case.

A possible murder weapon was found hours after Saturday's shooting by a pair of hikers. The hikers found a shotgun at the base of the State Route 52 and Genessee ramp inside Marian Bear Park.

Testing on that weapon began on Monday to determine if it was, in fact, the murder weapon. The weapon was confirmed to be registered to Green, according to police. Two other weapons are still unaccounted for.

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On Tuesday, police found Jeremy Green's Corvette at International Parking where attendants shared their surveillance video from Saturday, around 3:00 p.m., 50 minutes after the murder.

"They were just looking for somebody to see if they parked in here for some homicide, something about a wife," said Michael Garcia, a Gateway Parking assistant.

The video showed a silver Corvette rolling-in, and man resembling Green pulling out a wad of singles to pay the seven dollars parking fee.

In the video, the man looks like he was chewing gum at the time, and he looks in his rear-view mirror. The man was wearing a blue shirt with blue stripes, and then the video showed the suspect changing into a black shirt and black hat after parking. The suspect then walked towards the border.

Businesses in the area granted access to their surveillance cameras to CBS News 8, but Green didn't appear in any of the videos.

After the Corvette was recovered, homicide detectives had the vehicle towed to the Northwestern Police Division.

Court documents obtained by CBS News 8 revealed Tressa had filed for divorce from Green citing irreconcilable differences on April 13, 2015, but the date of separation is listed as April 1st.

In an exclusive interview with CBS News 8, Tressa's family and friends said that even though the couple had filed for divorce in April, Tressa was trying to save her marriage of 15-years to a man she called an amazing man. 

"She knew he was like the best dad regardless of her. She didn't know this was going to happen and she still thought that of him. She thought highly of him," said Tiffany Plunkett, Tressa's friend. 

The couple was married in 2005 and had two children together. In the filing, Tressa asked for physical custody, but wanted to allow them visitation with their father.

Documents showed the couple filed for bankruptcy twice, once in 2008, and again in 2014.

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