Thursday, July 1, 2010

Texas Stays Mentally Ill Offender's Execution

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a stay of execution four hours before convicted child rapist and murderer Jonathan Marcus Green was to enter the death chamber in Huntsville on grounds Green needs reassessment of his mental competency, according to AHN News.

Green’s attorney had argued that his client is suffering from schizophrenia making him ineligible for execution under the law.

On June 21, 2000, the 42-year-old Green was found guilty of killing 12-year-old Christine LeAnn Neal of Montgomery County after raping her.

Green grabbed the girl while she was walking home in Dobbin and raped her before strangling the girl to death. He then buried her body in his backyard.

Green dug up the body later and transferred it inside his home, where police discovered it inside a laundry bag.

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