Charges against Marcus Green, 54, of Thermal, the driver of a car that went over the side of Highway 74 in May 2016 and resulted in the death of a 5-month-old child, have been refiled.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped the initial filing, which was tentatively schedule for trial this month, and refiled the same charges, but consolidated Green’s case with a similar case against Kristen Lauer, 25, of Rancho Mirage, the baby’s mother.
Green was driving his Porsche and Lauer was the passenger. While the parents, wearing seatbelts, survived the crash, the baby, Armani, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Within days of the crash Green was charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, willful harm of a child and inflection of great bodily harm.
Green’s bail was set at $1.86 million and he has been in custody since his arrest.
In May 2017, the DA’s Office filed murder and child cruelty charges against Lauer. Her bail was set at $100,000 and she was released on bail.
A felony settlement conference and preliminary hearing have been set for May 24 for both Green and Lauer.