(HUNTSVILLE, Texas) — Convicted murderer Jonathan Green became the 10th Texas inmate to be put to death this year when he was given a lethal injection Wednesday.
Green, 44, was convicted of kidnapping and killing a 12-year-old girl from her home in 2000. He took the girl to his home, strangled and sexually assaulted her, and then buried her in his backyard.
Detectives arrived and questioned him, then left to get a search warrant. During that time he dug up and moved the body inside his house, where detectives found it when they returned. He then denied involvement in the killing, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Wednesday, his legal team made pleas to the 5th District Court of Appeals to stay Green’s execution, delaying the time of death from 6 p.m. until close to midnight, when his execution order would have expired. The appeals failed, however, and Green was given the lethal injection around 10:30 p.m.
Green told the warden that he would not have any final words before his death Wednesday night, but soon changed his mind, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“I’m an innocent man. I never killed anyone. Y’all are killing an innocent man,” he said, and then looked down at the injection in his arm. “It’s hurting me bad.”
He was declared dead around 10:45 p.m.
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