Two Texas executions in three days: Gary Green and Arthur Brown Jr.
On Tuesday night in Huntsville, Texas, 51-year-old Gary Green was executed with a lethal injection, an overdose of pentobarbital.
He was sentenced to death for murdering his girlfriend and her six-year-old daughter in 2009 after the girlfriend tried to break up with him. On the day of the murders, she had written two letters to Green telling him that while she loved him, she had to “do what was best for me.”
In his own letter, which was angry and rambling, Green expressed the belief that his girlfriend and her three children had been involved in a plot against him. Two of the children survived, although Green had wanted to take a total of five lives, including his own. Instead, he had turned himself in to police and confessed to the murders.
His attorneys pointed out in vain that their client had mental limitations and a long dramatic history of mental disorders.
“I took not one, but two lives that we all loved, and I had to live with that while I was here. I ask you to forgive me, not for me, but for all of you. I will go home and you will be here. I want to make sure that you do not suffer. You must forgive me in order to be healed and move on,” Green said in his final statement.
On Thursday night in Huntsville, Texas, 52-year-old Arthur Brown Jr. was executed with a lethal injection, an overdose of pentobarbital.
He was allegedly involved in a 1992 drug-related quadruple homicide; one of the victims was a 9-month pregnant woman. Accomplice Marion Dudley was previously executed in 2006, and another accomplice received a life sentence.
Arthur Brown Jr. maintained his innocence of the crime until the very end, and in fact his conviction was based in part on forensic evidence that a court has called “clearly flawed” and eyewitness testimony obtained through faulty police methods.
More recently, Brown’s new attorneys had uncovered evidence – previously suppressed by prosecutors – that purported to show that other men, not Arthur Brown Jr. committed the murder.
In addition, Brown’s jurors never heard the story of his childhood, which was marked by abject poverty, physical and emotional abuse, and violence. Nor did they learn about his intellectual impairments and his symptoms of fetal alcohol disease.
Brown’s attorneys also stated that their client’s conviction was tainted by racial bias because one of the jurors found him guilty because of the color of his black skin.