Monday, Sep. 19, 2011
Randolph County man given four life terms
Monday, September 19, 2011
Area Wide News
A Randolph County jury in Pocahontas found Charles Wayne "Chad" Green, 35, guilty Sept. 16 of four counts of capital murder and one count of kidnapping in the 1998 deaths of four Dalton-area family members.
Green's case was a retrial of his 2004 conviction for the brutal stabbing, shooting and bludgeoning deaths of Carl Elliot, 30, his wife, Lisa Elliot, 27, and their children, Felicia, 8, and Gregory, 6.
Third Judicial District Circuit Judge Harold S. Erwin sentenced Green to four consecutive life terms plus a consecutive 40-year term for kidnapping.
The murder and kidnapping sentences are to be served consecutive to a 56-year sentence Green is currently serving in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for raping two young girls in an unrelated case.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated one hour and 10 minutes before finding Green guilty of the murders. Gregory Elliott was found dead in the family's Dalton home the morning of July 30, 1998, his skull "cracked like an egg." Records indicate the boy was then held down, and the pointed end of a tire tool plunged into his throat multiple times.
His mother, Lisa, was found dead on the porch of her father's trailer 30-40 yards away, where she had crawled during the assault. She had been hit 27 times in the head, likely with the same tire iron found at the crime scene.
Authorities searched for the missing father and daughter, discovering Carl Elliott's body in the Eleven Point River on Aug. 1, 1998, his throat slit and with two gunshot wounds, one at close range and another from a distance.
The bones of Felicia Elliott were discovered in a dry creek bed in Warm Springs, Ark., on Sept. 7, 2000, by a hunter. Records indicate the girl had been taken from the scene in a trash can, kept alive for two days, tied with duct tape and sexually assaulted before death.
In July, 2003, Green and his father, Billy Dale Green, were arrested on unrelated charges and subsequently charged with the four murders.
Prosecutors said the horrendous crime scene was a "drug deal gone bad." Earlier reports indicate Billy Green killed the Elliot family two weeks after Carl Elliot admitted to stealing Billy's marijuana plants in 2004.
Both Greens were convicted in 2004 of the murders. Billy Green was given a death penalty; Chad Green got 40 years after testifying against his father at the original trial. The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the convictions, and Chad Green refused to testify against his father at a new trial.
Billy Green is serving a life sentence in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on a drug charge and awaiting retrial for the Elliott family murders pending the outcome of his present appeal. The State of Arkansas was represented by Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry H. Boyce; Third Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Richard Castleman, Ryan Cooper, Joe Grider; and Special Prosecuting Attorney Jack McQuary.
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September 19, 2011 - 6:11 PM
Lawyer argues Chad Green didn't kill Dalton family
Updated: 9/15 10:01 am
Published: 9/15 9:26 am
POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors say it's impossible to tell which of two men killed four family members from Dalton but that the multiple weapons used in the 1998 slayings shows more than one person was involved.
Lawyers gave opening statements Wednesday in the capital murder trial of Charles "Chad" Green. He and his father, Billy Wayne Green, are both charged in the killings.
The Jonesboro Sun reports that Chad Green's lawyer, Jeff Rosenzweig, told jurors his client was present, but didn't take part in the killings.
One juror cried as she looked at photos of the bones of 8-year-old Felicia Elliott, whose body was found on a riverbank. Also killed were her parents, Carl and Lisa Elliott, and her 6-year-old brother Gregory.
Prosecutors say Carl Elliott was killed first, then his family.
Opening statements set in quadruple murder trial
1:45 PM, Sep 14, 2011
Written by Monika Rued
POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) -- A jury has been selected in the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing four family members in Dalton.
The Jonesboro Sun reports the jury of eight women and four men is to hear opening statements Wednesday. Prosecutor Henry Boyce has opted against seeking the death penalty if Charles "Chad" Green is convicted.
Green pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping in 2004 and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. That was part of a plea deal in which he testified against his father, also charged in the killings.
The plea deal was revoked when Green refused to testify a second time after his father's murder convictions were overturned.
Carl and Lisa Elliott, their young children Gregory and Felicia, were killed in 1998, allegedly over stolen marijuana.
Murder Charges Reinstated Against Chad Green
Posted: May 01, 2008 11:39 PM
Updated: May 02, 2008 3:39 PM
POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -- Four years after entering a plea deal with the state, charges against Charles "Chad" Green are reinstated.
Last week the prosecution asked that the plea deal be revoked and charges reinstated because Green wasn't cooperating with the state.
After the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned Billy Dale Green's conviction in 2006, his son Chad Green was brought back to Randolph County to meet with the prosecutor. According to court testimony on Thursday Green refused to speak with the prosecution, something they say is in violation of his plea agreement.
"His original guilty plea agreement was given in exchange for his agreement to cooperate fully in the prosecution of his father, which he has now failed to do," said Henry Boyce.
For his alleged role in the murders of the Elliot family of Randolph County, Chad Green will face four counts of Capital Murder and one count of kidnapping with the potential for the death penalty.
"He's indicated that he will take the 5th Amendment or exercise his right not to testify in his father's trial. We have his previous sworn testimony that we intend to use against Billy Green," said Boyce.
During the hearing, the prosecution called Chad Green to the stand but he took the 5th Amendment refusing to answer any questions.
The defense attorney's for Chad Green, including Ray Spruell of Jonesboro and Jeff Rosenzweig of Little Rock say they don't agree with the judge's ruling.
"Our position is that the original ruling should have remained in effect," said Jeff Rosenzweig.
In fact, they say Green has already fulfilled his plea deal by testifying in his father's first trial.
"This is the first time this issue has come up in Arkansas so we just presented our case and it's not the last word," said Rosenzweig.
There is no precedent in the state of Arkansas for a motion like this one and because of that the defense attorney's are going to take this case to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
The next court date is set for September 15th for Chad Green. It is not until this time that the clock will start for a "speedy trial" for Chad Green. His father, Billy Dale Green will face his re-trial for four counts of Capital Murder on August 18th in Randolph County.
Photo : The murderer Charles "Chad" Green