Meherrin man pleads guilty in attempted murder trial

Published 12:25 am Friday, January 27, 2023

APPOMATTOX – Guilty. That was the verdict handed down Thursday, Jan. 26 in Appomattox Circuit Court. There was no deliberation needed. Twenty-one-year-old Meherrin resident Mitariq Green pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder, one count each of felony possession of a firearm by a violent felon, possessing a gun on school property and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

How did it begin?

All of this started on March 28, 2022. That is when deputies approached what they felt was a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at Appomattox County High School. According to Appomattox County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Kia Scott, as well as police and court records, a student at the school had reported being threatened.

This student identified 19-year-old Olivia Hurt of Cartersville as the person delivering those threats. According to court records, the student said Hurt threatened to shoot her and sent a message, saying she was on the way to the school that day to do so. 

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“She was threatening the high schooler over Mr. Green,” Scott said.

Both teens had been part of an Instagram chat, along with Green. At some point, the conversation took a turn. At or around that time, Hurt and Green had been dating. According to court records, it appeared Hurt believed the high schooler was trying to flirt with Green. That’s when the threats started.

“She said she was going to kill the juvenile, “Scott said. “[Hurt] says that over and over again [in the chat].”

The school resource officer was notified and called for backup, records show. The deputies then identified a 2007 Hyundai in the parking lot, which they said looked suspicious. They approached the vehicle, asking the driver to roll down the window. The records say the driver ignored their request, speeding off instead. 

Deputies followed the vehicle, engaging in a chase that records say reached speeds of 115 mph at times, eventually crossing into Prince Edward County. After the driver lost control and crashed on Five Forks Road, both she and her passenger were taken into custody. The driver was later identified as Olivia Hurt and Mitariq Green named as the passenger in the backseat. 

Charges filed, attempted murder case moves on

According to Scott and court records, Hurt told the police “she was going to do what she said she was going to do”.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun inside. They later discovered it had recently been reported stolen from Amelia County.

They also found ammunition for the gun. Both the gun and ammunition was in the backseat, where Green had been sitting. Green is a felon, with a malicious wounding conviction in Prince Edward County. As such, he can’t possess or handle any firearms. 

Originally, Green had been charged with receiving a stolen firearm, but that was dropped by the prosecution.

“Once we looked at the evidence, we couldn’t prove that he knew it was stolen,” Scott said.

Hurt meanwhile was arrested and also charged with attempted murder, receiving a stolen firearm, eluding police, possessing a firearm at a school, making a threat in writing and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon and reckless driving, according to court records.  

She’s scheduled for a jury trial in Appomattox on Feb. 3, court records say. As for Green, his sentencing hearing is set for March 30.