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Randolph County man given four life terms

Monday, September 19, 2011

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Charles "Chad" Green
A Randolph County jury in Pocahontas found Charles Wayne "Chad" Green, 35, guilty Sept. 16 of four counts of capital murder and one count of kidnapping in the 1998 deaths of four Dalton-area family members.

Green's case was a retrial of his 2004 conviction for the brutal stabbing, shooting and bludgeoning deaths of Carl Elliot, 30, his wife, Lisa Elliot, 27, and their children, Felicia, 8, and Gregory, 6.

Third Judicial District Circuit Judge Harold S. Erwin sentenced Green to four consecutive life terms plus a consecutive 40-year term for kidnapping.

The murder and kidnapping sentences are to be served consecutive to a 56-year sentence Green is currently serving in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for raping two young girls in an unrelated case.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated one hour and 10 minutes before finding Green guilty of the murders. Gregory Elliott was found dead in the family's Dalton home the morning of July 30, 1998, his skull "cracked like an egg." Records indicate the boy was then held down, and the pointed end of a tire tool plunged into his throat multiple times.

His mother, Lisa, was found dead on the porch of her father's trailer 30-40 yards away, where she had crawled during the assault. She had been hit 27 times in the head, likely with the same tire iron found at the crime scene.

Authorities searched for the missing father and daughter, discovering Carl Elliott's body in the Eleven Point River on Aug. 1, 1998, his throat slit and with two gunshot wounds, one at close range and another from a distance.

The bones of Felicia Elliott were discovered in a dry creek bed in Warm Springs, Ark., on Sept. 7, 2000, by a hunter. Records indicate the girl had been taken from the scene in a trash can, kept alive for two days, tied with duct tape and sexually assaulted before death.

In July, 2003, Green and his father, Billy Dale Green, were arrested on unrelated charges and subsequently charged with the four murders.

Prosecutors said the horrendous crime scene was a "drug deal gone bad." Earlier reports indicate Billy Green killed the Elliot family two weeks after Carl Elliot admitted to stealing Billy's marijuana plants in 2004.

Both Greens were convicted in 2004 of the murders. Billy Green was given a death penalty; Chad Green got 40 years after testifying against his father at the original trial. The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the convictions, and Chad Green refused to testify against his father at a new trial.

Billy Green is serving a life sentence in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on a drug charge and awaiting retrial for the Elliott family murders pending the outcome of his present appeal. The State of Arkansas was represented by Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry H. Boyce; Third Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Richard Castleman, Ryan Cooper, Joe Grider; and Special Prosecuting Attorney Jack McQuary.



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