Jonathan Green, 44, a Texas man whose lawyers argued was mentally ill and incompetent for execution, was put to death Wednesday evening for killing a 12-year-old girl in 2000, reports the Associated Press. He received lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last-day appeals to spare him. A judge earlier this week had stopped the punishment, but an appeals court overturned the reprieve. Green was condemned for the abduction, rape and strangling of Christina Neal, whose body was found at his home in Dobbin, about 45 miles northwest of Houston.
Asked by the warden if he had a statement from the death chamber gurney, Green shook his head and replied, “No.” But seconds later he changed his mind, saying: “I’m an innocent man. I never killed anyone. Y’all are killing an innocent man.” He then looked down and said his left arm, where one of the needles carrying the lethal drug was inserted, and said, “It’s hurting me bad.” But almost immediately he began snoring loudly. The sounds stopped after about six breaths. Green was pronounced dead 18 minutes later at 10:45 p.m. Green’s lethal injection is the 10th this year in Texas and the first of four scheduled for this month in the nation’s most active death penalty state.