Texas man faces execution for stabbing wife and drowning daughter in bathtub

Gary Green (pictured left) is scheduled to be executed for killing his estranged wife Lovetta Armstead (left) and their daughter Jazzmen Montgomery (right).

Gary Green (left inset) is scheduled to be executed for killing his estranged wife Lovetta Armstead (left) and their daughter Jazzmen Montgomery (right). Credit: AP

A Texas man is scheduled to be executed Tuesday night for the murders of his estranged wife and their six-year-old daughter.

Gary Green, 51, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at Texas State Penitentiary’s Huntsville Unit, where the state’s death row is located. He was convicted for the 2009 murders of Lovetta Armstead, 32, and her daughter Jazzmen Montgomery, 6.

Prosecutors argued that Green decided to kill Armstead after she asked him for an annulment. The pair had been estranged for some time before she asked.

Armstead requested the annulment in two letters she sent to Green on the day of the murder in 2009.

Gary Green can be seen in a booking photo from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (Image: AP)

“You wanted to see the monster, so he’s the monster you made me out of,” he wrote in a letter the same day as the crime. “There are 5 lives taken today, I’m the 5th.”

Green stabbed Armstead over two dozen times. He then drowned her daughter in her bathtub.

He also plotted to kill Armstead’s two sons, ages 12 and 9.

According to a police report, Armstead had dropped the boys off at a church activity around 5:30 p.m. that evening. Green left Armstead’s house, picked up the children around 9:30 p.m., and took them back to their house.

Jazzmen Montgomery sits next to her father Ray Montgomery in 2009 (Image: AP)

“Shortly thereafter, the suspect Green grabbed the 9-year-old and stabbed the child once in the upper body in front of the 12-year-old,” the police report said. “Suspec5t Green then forced the two children into a back bedroom where she showed them the deceased bodies of their mother and 6-year-old sister and admitted causing their deaths.”

One of the boys talked him out of killing her, saying, “We’re too small to die and we won’t tell anyone.”

The two boys then called 911 after Green left. First responders pronounced Armstead and Montgomery dead at the scene, and the children were taken to Dallas Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Green then planned to take his own life by taking large doses of Tylenol and Benadryl. When that didn’t work, he turned himself in at a Dallas police station and confessed to the murders in a videotaped statement.

Green was found guilty in 2010 and sentenced to death. He has appealed his conviction and requested a new trial, which was denied by the court

As of Tuesday afternoon, Green’s attorneys had not appealed to stay his execution. In previous appeals, his attorneys have argued that he is mentally disabled.

The US Supreme Court prohibited states from executing people with intellectual disabilities, but Green’s status is disputed. He scored a 78 on an IQ test, and Texas defines intellectual disability as 70 or below Texas Tribune reports.

If Green’s execution resumes Tuesday, he will become the fourth person to be executed in Texas in 2023. The Lone Star State only executed five people in total in 2022.

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