(AP) - Condemned murderer Jonathan Green has
been spared from execution just hours before he could have received
lethal injection for the abduction, rape and strangling of a
12-year-old Montomery County girl..
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to look more closely at arguments that Green was delusional and too mentally ill to be put to death.
The 42-year-old was set to die Wednesday in Huntsville for abducting, raping and strangling the girl whose residence wasn't far from his rural home.
The discovery of Jonathan Green's wallet in some woods near clothing and jewelry belonging to a missing 12-year-old Montgomery County girl prompted police to question the laborer who lived alone in a shack.
But it wouldn't be until a month later, in July 2000, when a neighbor's report about an unusually large trash fire sent investigators back to Green's dilapidated home about 50 miles northwest of Houston.
A police cadaver dog led detectives inside the house where the remains of Christina LeAnn Neal were found wrapped in a blanket and stuffed into a bag behind a piece of furniture.