Jonathan Green - Execution of Texan on death row halted
Thu Jul 1, 2010 12:30
Execution of Texan on death row halted Appeals court will review Montgomery man's mental state By MIKE TOLSON HOUSTON CHRONICLE June 30, 2010 . AP / Texas Department of Criminal Justice Jonathan Green faced execution by lethal injection Wednesday evening for the abduction, rape and strangling of a 12-year-old girl near Houston 10 years ago.
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Background on Jonathan Green case Just hours away from lethal injection, Jonathan Marcus Green received a stay from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday so that it can further consider the question of his competence to be executed.
The state's highest court for criminal matters stopped the execution following a telephone conference about four hours before Green was to enter the execution chamber. It then issued orders suggesting it was uncertain over the review of his mental competency.
Two sets of orders One order was procedural, asking attorneys for Green and the state to file briefs within 15 days addressing whether his claim can be properly pursued in the habeas corpus petition filed this week on his behalf. A second order asks the district court judge who denied his incompetency claim at a hearing Monday in Conroe to clarify the standards she applied in doing so.
The court gave no indication it was inclined to rule that Green was incompetent. If it does, he would remain in limbo on death row. Should it find him eligible for execution, a new date would have to be set by the trial court judge.
Condemned for the June 2000 rape and murder of a 12-year-old Montgomery County girl, the 42-year-old Green suffers from schizophrenia for which he receives no medication. His attorney claims his mental state has deteriorated to the point where he no longer meets the legal criteria for execution.
Convicted in girl's death The law requires that a condemned person have a rational understanding of the reason he is being put to death. A 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Texas inmate Scott Panetti declared that an inmate's literal understanding that he is being put to death following his conviction for a particular crime may not be protection enough to halt the killing of clearly delusional individuals. Both sides have produced reports from medical experts supporting their positions.
Green was convicted in the death of Christina LeAnn Neal, who disappeared while walking home in the rural community of Dobbin, near Lake Conroe, on June 21, 2000. He raped and strangled her, then buried her body in his back yard.
For a month, investigators struggled to solve Neal's disappearance. Then a tip led them to Green's property, where he had been seen burning trash shortly after she was reported missing. While authorities left to get a search warrant, Green dug up the body and placed it in his home, where it was found inside a laundry bag
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