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Texas inmate Gary Green set to die by lethal injection for murdering wife, drowning her 6-year-old daughter


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Gary Green, a death row prisoner who fatally stabbed his wife and then drowned her daughter in the bathtub in 2009, is due to be executed in Texas on Tuesday night.

At the Huntsville state prison, Green is scheduled to receive a fatal injection to end his life. His execution will be the fourth this year in Texas.

Lovetta Armstead and her 6-year-old daughter Jazzmen Montgomery were murdered inside their Dallas, Texas, home on September 21, 2009, by Green, who was found guilty of the crime in 2010. According to court documents, the 51-year-old killer allegedly became outraged when he discovered Armstead planned to have their marriage annulled.

Green said that he intended to "take five lives"—those of his wife, her three children, and himself—in a letter that was also dated the same day as the killings.

He stated in the disorganised letter, "You asked to see the monster therefore here he is the monster you made me.

Green also nearly killed Armstead’s sons, then ages 9 and 12, but they persuaded him not to, the Texas Tribune reported. Per the younger boy’s testimony, they told him they were “too little to die” and promised not to tell anyone.

Green allegedly forced them to examine the bodies of their murdered mother and sibling as well, according to court documents. He then ingested a significant amount of Tylenol and Benadryl in an effort to commit suicide. A few hours later, he turned himself in to the police and admitted to the murders. He admitted to the detectives that he thought his family was out to get him.

Green's attorneys requested in February that the Dallas County District Attorney's office postpone his execution so that he might undergo additional evaluations for his intellectual handicap. He most certainly had schizoaffective disorder, experts said in testimony during his trial.

Green also previously appealed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which upheld his conviction and death sentence.

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