Tonight’s Execution: Jonathan Green

UPDATE: Jonathan Green has been executed after his final appeal was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. See below for details

A Texas man who was just granted a reprieve on Monday has now had that reprieve lifted and was executed by lethal injection Wednesday night in Huntsville.

Jonathan Marcus Green, 44, was convicted of the June 2000 killing of 12-year-old Christina Neal and was sentenced to death in 2010. His lawyers have argued that he is mentally disabled and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas issued a reprieve, after stating that a previous mental competency hearing violated due process standards. “The inadequacies of the state court’s process and the resulting constitutional violations require this court to stay Green’s execution,” Atlas said in her 17-page order.

However, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling late Tuesday, clearing the way for Green’s execution Wednesday evening.

“We conclude that the state court applied the correct standard and the (federal) district court abused its discretion in finding otherwise,” the three-judge panel ruled.

His attorneys appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of stopping the execution, which was the 10th in Texas this year.

Green came within four hours of being executed two years ago, but an appeals court stayed the execution because of arguments that he was too mentally ill to be executed.

Green’s lawyer has said  his client hallucinates about the “ongoing spiritual warfare between two sets of voices representing good and evil.” His attorneys continued to fight for his life well into the night, with an 11th-hour appeal filed after the preparations for the injection began at 6 p.m.

UPDATE: This tweet was posted at 7:24 p.m. CT, apparently Green is still waiting to find out what will happen to him tonight:

However, that appeal was eventually denied by the U.S. Supreme Court about two hours before the death warrant expired at midnight, and the execution proceeded.

Green declined to make a last statement when given the chance by the warden, however a few moments later, he told witnesses: “I’m an innocent man. I never killed anyone. Y’all are killing an innocent man.”

According to a report by CBS, Green “then looked down and said his left arm, where one of the needles carrying the lethal drug was inserted, and said, ‘It’s hurting me bad.’ ”

He began snoring soon after, then fell silent. He was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. CT, 18 minutes after the execution began.

Related Reading:

Texas Executes Inmate Convicted of Killing 12-year-old Girl

Convicted Killer of 12-year-old Texas Girl Set for Execution Wednesday Evening

Green Execution Tonight After Federal Court Overturns Reprieve

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One thought on “Tonight’s Execution: Jonathan Green

  1. This one may just get a stay by SCOTUS!

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