A man on death row convicted of the double murder of his his estranged wife and her 6-year-old daughter is set for execution in Texas later today (Tuesday March 7).
Gary Green, 51, is set to receive a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas for the murders of Lovetta Armstead, 32, and her daughter, Jazzmen Montgomery,
Green was convicted of stabbing his ex, before drowning her daughter in a bath at their home in Dallas. .
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Ray Montgomery, Jazzmen's father, told reporters that while he’s “not cheering” for Green’s execution, he thinks the punishment fits the crime.
“It’s justice for the way my daughter was tortured. It’s justice for the way that Lovetta was murdered,” he said.
Lovetta was stabbed more than 20 times, and Green also stabbed one of her other children in the September 2009 attack.
He had intended to kill Armstead’s two other children, then 9-year-old Jerrett and 12-year-old Jerome, but both survived.
At Green’s trial, Jerret told the court: “Told him because we’re too little to die and we won’t tell anybody about it”.
Josh Healy, one of the prosecutors with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office that convicted Green, said the boys had been incredibly brave.
Green “was an evil guy. It was one of the worst cases I’ve ever been a part of,” Healy said, adding that the two young men continued to suffer from what they saw and experienced that night.
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Green’s attorneys have not filed any appeals seeking to stop his execution at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.
His legal team had previously claimed that he was intellectually disabled and has had a lifelong history of psychiatric disorders.
Those appeals were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court and lower appeals courts.
The high court has prohibited the death penalty for the intellectually disabled, but not for people with serious mental illness.
Green will be the fourth inmate in Texas and the eighth in the US put to death this year.
He is one of six Texas death row inmates who are part of a lawsuit seeking to stop the state’s prison system from using what they allege are expired and unsafe execution drugs. Despite a civil court judge in Austin preliminarily agreeing with the claims, three of the inmates have been executed this year.
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