Inmate who killed Goddard teacher to stand trial for attempted rape of prison officer

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A Kansas prison inmate serving 50 years for the brutal murder of a Goddard woman has been ordered to stand trial for the attempted rape of a female correctional officer. 

Tanner Lee Green on Wednesday was bound over on alternate counts of attempted rape, aggravated sexual battery and battery on a law enforcement officer. The alleged incident happened at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility last November. 

According to The Hutchinson News, the officer, employed as a Correctional Counselor 1 at the Central Unit, testified she was in her office when Green showed up to sweep and mop the hallway.

After opening the cellblock door, she said she told Green she was going to leave the entrance open and went back to her office. Then she heard the cellblock door shut. 

She said she went to investigate and found a mattress in the hallway and asked what it was doing there. When she went to reopen the door, Green grabbed her, put his hand over her mouth and forced her to the ground.

The officer testified that Green touched her neck, chest and torso before she fought him off and hit the panic alarm on her belt. She said she ordered him out and stood shaking until other officers arrived to help. 

Cameras captured the assault, an investigator testified. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Green has prior convictions of aggravated battery and burglary in Ellis County in 1994, aggravated battery in Reno County in 1998, first-degree murder in Sedgwick County in 2000, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and aggravated escape in 2002 in Leavenworth County.

While on parole in Sedgwick County in 2000, the Hutchinson News reports Green attacked and killed Janice Vredenburg in her Goddard home, where he'd been six weeks earlier with a crew to clean up her flooded basement. 

Green beat Vredenburg, a teacher, in the head with a boombox. She was struck in the head and face nearly a dozen times, and a medical examiner testified that Green also sawed on her neck with a sharp object.

More details from The Hutchinson News here

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