March 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM CDT - Updated June 26 at 5:49 PM
PETROLIA, Texas (AP) - The human remains found last month in a shallow grave in rural North Texas have been identified as those of a missing U.S. Army soldier.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office says Spc. Jose Ramirez is the person found near a house south of Petrolia, near the Texas-Oklahoma border. Ramirez went missing from Fort Sill, Okla., in 2005.
Sheriff Kenny Lemons says Ramirez likely died sometime in summer 2007.
According to a criminal complaint, 30-year-old Justin Green told relatives he shot Ramirez "because Ramirez did not believe in God" and had reached for a gun. Green was arrested last month and faces first-degree murder charges. He remains in jail, where officials did not have attorney information for him.
Three others are accused of tampering with evidence.