2nd try in elderly woman’s Christmas Eve murder gets 1st degree conviction

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA — The man who shot an 81-year-old woman to death in her corner store on Christmas Eve morning, back in 2016, has been convicted of first-degree murder, but getting the verdict wasn’t easy.

Three years ago on Saturday, Dec. 24, just before 9am, Maurice Green, 33 of Overbrook, shot Marie Buck. She’d owned Marie’s Grocery in the 1200 block of S. 6th Street in South Philadelphia for 44 years.

Buck was standing behind the counter when Philadelphia police investigators said Green shot her 11 times in her chest, point blank. Nothing from the store was reported stolen.

Police said at the time, Green knew Buck’s grandson from the drug trade and thought the grandson stole jewelry, specifically an expensive chain. Green wanted money for the chain and didn’t get it, so he was wanted revenge.

CONVICTED: Maurice Green, from Philadelphia Police Department

According to District Attorney Larry Krasner,

“This was an outrageous crime committed against a woman in the community that raised her and cherished her. Our colleagues within the District Attorney’s Office faced challenges in prosecuting this case, for which there were no direct eyewitnesses and a defendant who represented himself in court.

“Despite the unusual circumstances of this prosecution, which resulted in a jury mistrial in 2018, the Commonwealth continued to pursue justice for Marie Buck based on facts and evidence that made it clear Maurice Green entered Marie’s Grocery and fired his gun on the morning of Christmas Eve in 2016, killing Ms. Buck.”

Green was sentenced to life in prison and an additional nine-and-a-half to 19 years for gun offenses and related charges.

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