UPDATE: A Texas man whose lawyers said he was mentally ill and incompetent for execution has been put to death for killing a 12-year-old girl more than a decade ago.
Forty-four-year-old Jonathan Green received lethal injection Wednesday night, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal to spare him from punishment. Green was condemned for abducting, raping and strangling of Christina Neal, whose body was found at his home in June 2000. Christina's family lived across a highway from Green in Dobbin, about 45 miles northwest of Houston.
Green's execution was stopped by a federal judge Monday, but Texas state attorneys persuaded an appeals court to lift that reprieve.
Green's attorneys argued he suffered from hallucinations and an earlier competency hearing for him was unfair.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas man whose lawyers said was mentally ill and incompetent for execution is headed to the death chamber for killing a 12 year old Montgomery County girl more than a decade ago after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an 11th-hour appeal.
Forty-four-year-old Jonathan Green was sentenced to death for the abduction, rape and strangling of Christina Neal, whose body was found at his home in June 2000. Neal's family lived across a highway from Green in Dobbin, about 45 miles northwest of Houston.
It appeared the Supreme Court cleared the way for his execution earlier Wednesday when it rejected an appeal from his attorneys just as the window for the lethal injection opened at 6 p.m. However, the punishment was delayed Wednesday night by another appeal that finally was refused less than two hours before the midnight expiration of the death warrant neared.
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