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Pawhuskan in custody for murder

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Law enforcement officials in Kansas are seeking extradition for a Pawhuska man accused of murdering his estranged wife’s boyfriend.

Thad Christopher Green, 32, is named in charges of first-degree murder and arson filed last week in Montgomery County, Kan. The charges allege Green killed Cameron Henry Wawrzynaik, who had been dating Ramanda Ferguson, Green’s former wife. Wawrzynaik’s body was found Wednesday morning, Dec. 23.

A short time before, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office had been asked to check on the welfare of Wawrzynaik, a 35-year-old who had been released from prison earlier this year after serving four years for a 2008 drunk driving-related manslaughter conviction. Around 2 a.m., deputies arriving at his residence found the house fully engulfed by flames and local firefighters already on the scene. Firemen discovered the body as they were extinguishing the blaze.

Wawryzynaik’s death has been ruled a homicide and the charges against Green were filed later on Wednesday. Green was taken into custody in Oklahoma approximately 12 hours after the Independence house fire. As of noon on Tuesday, he remained at the Osage County Jail. He is currently being held on the fugitive from justice warrant from Kansas. Bond was set at $1 million for Green — whose father is Pawhuska bail bondsman Fred A. Green.

Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks said his office is awaiting the autopsy results in order to positively identify the body. The death probe is being conducted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Court records show that Green and Ferguson have been involved in ongoing divorce proceedings since 2008. Ferguson has filed two applications for protective orders since Green was discharged from the Army last June. In his court filings, Green made mention of Wawrzynaik’s felony conviction in the DUI-related death of 24-year-old Kiley Jones. That incident occurred in 2008 near Hulah Lake in northeastern Osage County.

In Facebook postings by his friends, Wawrzynaik was called a loving and good man who committed a wrong and then turned around his life. A day before his death, Wawrzynaik posted a note saying: “Sometimes, people with the worst pasts end up creating the best futures.”