UPDATE II (October 10, 2012) — Well, it took a bit over 2 more years, but justice has finally been served. Jonathan green was put to death at 10:45 p.m. for his crimes. I’ve closed comments on this thread, but feel free to hop on over to the newer thread to add your thoughts.
UPDATE: The sick PoS is still alive after winning a reprieve:
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Condemned murderer Jonathan Green was spared from execution Wednesday when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to look more closely at arguments he was delusional and too mentally ill to be put to death.
The order from the state’s highest criminal appeals court came less than four hours before Green, 42, could have received lethal injection for the abduction, rape and strangling of a 12-year-old girl near Houston 10 years ago.
Green already had been taken to the death house in Huntsville when he received word of the reprieve.
“I don’t know how I feel,” he told Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. “I feel pretty empty. I get to stay alive a little longer.”
Well, of course he’s mentally ill. Sane people don’t rape and murder little girls. But the key here for me is the obvious fact that Green understand fully the difference between right and wrong, good and evil. He displayed that knowledge by trying to cover up his crime.
And knowing that difference, he still chose wrong and evil. Which is why he should be put down like the rabid animal that he is.
On the evening of June 21, 2000, 12-year-old Christina Neal disappeared after leaving a friend’s home in the small community of Dobbin, TX.
She was kidnapped by Jonathan Marcus Green, who took her back to his home where he raped her before strangling the young child to death.
Tonight, Green will pay for that act of pure evil with his life (the first of two back-to-back executions this week in Texas).
Much more info on the case from the Texas Attorney General:
On July 19, a man who lived on the property behind Green’s, told investigators that Green had an unusually large fire in his burn pile the day after Christina disappeared. A few days later, investigators went to Green’s home and asked if they could search his property again, including his burn pile. Green again consented, but insisted that he be present during the search. An FBI agent smelled a distinct odor emanating from a disturbed section of ground which he identified as “some sort of decaying body.” The investigation team then began to dig up the disturbed area. Green, who had been cooperative up to that point, became angry and told the officers to get off his property.
The investigative team returned to Green’s property later that night with a search warrant. They discovered that part of the burn pile had been excavated, leaving what appeared to be a shallow grave. They also smelled the “extremely foul, fetid odor” of a “dead body in a decaying state.”
An officer then arrived with a “cadaver dog,” trained to detect human remains. The dog repeatedly went to the side of a recliner in the house. An FBI agent looked behind the recliner and found human remains in a bag that were identified as Christina’s. An autopsy concluded that Christina was sexually assaulted and then strangled.
An evil, rabid animal who needs to be put down.
Green and those working to save him claim that he is borderline mentally retarded and also suffers from schizophrenia. They claim his mental illness has become so severe that he is not competent to be executed.
Which is bullshit.
I grew up in Montgomery County, TX where this crime and trial were committed — it’s not that long ago that a black man who raped and murdered a small white girl never would have seen the courthouse. It’s progress that he was tried in a court of law and will be executed in humane and painless manner. But it never should have taken 10 years to do so.
Michael Perry will be executed tomorrow. Perry confessed to authorities that he killed 50-year-old Sandra Stotler in her home in the Bentwater subdivision near Conroe (my hometown) on Oct. 24, 2001, then later recanted.