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Texas prepares the execution of another inmate: it is the fourth of the year to receive the lethal injection in the state


Gary Green, 51, stabbed his wife to death and drowned her 6-year-old daughter in a bathtub. "It is justice for the way my daughter was tortured," says the girl's father.

By Juan A. Lozano -

The Associated Press

A Texas man on death row awaits his sentence Tuesday night after he stabbed his wife to death and drowned her daughter in a bathtub nearly 14 years ago.

Gary Green, 51, will receive the lethal injection for the murders of Lovetta Armstead, 32, and her daughter, Jazzmen Montgomery, just 6, who were killed in September 2009 in their own Dallas home. .

The girl's father, Ray Montgomery, said he does not applaud Green's execution, but considers it a fair result.

“It is justice for the way my daughter was tortured.

It is justice for the way Lovetta was killed," Montgomery said.

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As of Monday night, Green's lawyers had not filed an appeal to stop his execution, which was scheduled for Tuesday night at the Huntsville, Texas, state penitentiary.

In previous appeals, Green's lawyers had argued that their client was intellectually disabled and had suffered from lifelong psychiatric disorders.

Gary Green in a photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.AP

Both an appeals court and the Supreme Court rejected appeals by Green's lawyers.

The highest court prohibits the application of the death penalty to people with intellectual disabilities, although it does allow it in cases of serious mental illness.

Authorities accused Green of killing his wife and her daughter because she wanted to divorce him.

The day they were killed, Armstead wrote a letter to Green saying, "I have to do what's best for me," even though she told him she loved him.

Green wrote back in a letter filled with anger and reproach that she was participating in a plot against him.

"You wanted to see the monster, well here is the monster you have turned me into... there will be five lives taken today, the fifth will be mine," Green wrote.

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Armstead was stabbed more than two dozen times, while Jazz was drowned in the bathtub.

According to authorities, Green also attempted to kill Armstead's two other children, ages 9 and 12 at the time.

He stabbed the smaller one, but managed to survive.

"He was a wicked man"

The 9-year-old boy told the jury during the trial that he convinced Green not to kill them.

"We are too young to die and we are not going to tell anyone about this," said the boy who told the man.

"Green was a wicked man. It was one of the worst cases I've ever worked on," said Josh Healy, one of the prosecutors who indicted him in Dallas.

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Ray Montgomery, who is a special needs English teacher, said he still sees Armstead's two children and they lead productive lives, although "they still suffer a lot."

Montgomery, who is also a deacon at his church in Dallas, says he has lived as if his daughter were still with him.

He even throws birthday parties for her every year and threw her a high school graduation party with a parade in the cemetery and a barbecue at home.

“That was my way of dealing with it, to feel like she was still here.

I prayed over her grave one day and told her that she would never let her name go,” Montgomery said.

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Green's execution is one of two scheduled to take place this week.

Another inmate, Arthur Brown Jr., will be executed on Thursday.

Green would be the fourth inmate to be executed this year in Texas and the eighth in the entire country.

Green is one of six death row inmates in Texas who are part of a lawsuit to stop the state's prison system from using what they say are expired and unsafe execution drugs.

Although a civil court judge in Austin preliminarily agreed with the allegations, three of these inmates have already been executed this year.

Source: telemundo

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