The Oklahoman

Texas inmate executed for killing wife and her daughter

- Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A Texas inmate convicted of fatally stabbing his estranged wife and drowning her 6year-old daughter in a bathtub nearly 14 years ago was executed on Tuesday.

Gary Green, 51, received a lethal injection at the state penitentia­ry in Huntsville. He was condemned for the September 2009 deaths of Lovetta Armstead, 32, and her daughter, Jazzmen Montgomery, at their Dallas home. Green’s attorneys did not file any appeals seeking to stop the execution.

A Buddhist spiritual adviser chosen by Green stood beside the death chamber gurney and said a prayer. Green then apologized profusely when asked by the warden if he had a final statement.

“I apologize for all the harm I have caused you and your family,” Green said, looking at relatives of his victims who watched through a window close by.

“We ate together, we laughed and cried together as a family. I’m sorry I failed you.”

He said he took “two people that we all loved, and I had to live that while I was here.”

“We were all one and I broke that bond,” he said. “I ask that you forgive me, not for me but for y’all. I’m fixing to go home and y’all are going to be here. I want to make sure you don’t suffer. You have to forgive me and heal and move on. … I’m not the man I used to be.”

Instead of inserting the IV needles in each arm, technician­s had to use a vein in Green’s right arm and a vein on the top of his left hand, delaying the injection briefly for Green, who was listed in prison records as weighing 365 pounds.

As the lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbi­tal began, Green was thanking prison administra­tors, chaplains and “all the beautiful human beings at the Polunsky Unit,” the prison that houses Texas’ condemned men. Then he took several quick breaths, which evolved into snores. After nine snores, all movement ceased. Several of the victims’ relatives hugged and briefly cried.

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