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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: The victim tried to end their relationship
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: September 22, 2009
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: March 14, 1971
Victims profile: His wife Lovetta Armstead, 32, and her daughter, Jazzmen Montgomery, 6
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife - Drowning
Location: Oak Cliff, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on November 22, 2010

Offender Information

Name: Green, Gary
TDCJ Number: 999561
Date of Birth: 03/14/1971
Date Received: 11/22/2010
Age (when Received): 39
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)
Date of Offense: 09/22/2009
Age (at the time of Offense): 37
County: Dallas
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Black
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 365
Eye Color: Brown
Native County
Native State

Prior Occupation
General Laborer

Prior Prison Record
- 1989 in Dallas County TX, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, 4 years probation.
- 1990 in Dallas County TX, Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, 20 year sentence

Summary of Incident

During the night in Dallas County TX, the subject stabbed a 32 year old black female with a knife and drowned a six year old black female in their home.


Race and Gender of Victim
two black females

Texas Department of Criminal Justice


Man sentenced to death for killing his wife, her 6-year-old daughter

By Selwyn Crawford - The Dallas Morning News

November 30, 2010

A jury sentenced Gary Green to death late today for killing his wife and her 6-year-old daughter.

The same jury convicted Green, 39, of the slayings earlier this week. Defense attorneys spent several days presenting evidence in an effort to persuade jurors to spare his life.

During victim impact statements, people were visibly moved as a roughly 30-second video of Jazzmen Montgomery, Green's step-daughter, was played in the courtroom.

One of Jazzman's older brothers took the stand to address Green directly.

"Hey Gary, I love you and I thought you weren't going to betray me like this," said the boy, who was 9 at the time of the attacks. "To me, you were my father and I love you. But I'm not going to let you take over my life."

The boy was stabbed in the abdomen by Green on the same in September 2009 day that Green stabbed Lovetta Armstead to death and then drowned Jazzmen. The attacks happened shortly after Armstead tried to end their relationship. Armstead's sons -9 and 12 - persuaded Green not to kill them.

A psychologist testified Thursday that Green suffers from a mental illness that causes him to experience paranoid delusions.

Gilbert Martinez told jurors that Green suffers from schizoaffective disorder bipolar type and wrongly believes that people are trying to hurt him.

Martinez clarified that he was not saying that the illness made Green murder his wife and stepdaughter.

Martinez said that Green has an IQ of 78, which is low, but not low enough to indicate mental retardation.

Prison tests show Green's IQ to be 105, prosecutor Andy Beach said while cross-examining Martinez.

Prison records also show that in the 1990s, Green told prison officials that he was contemplating suicide, had insomnia and was pondering joining the French Foreign Legion.

Green has previously been sent to prison for stabbing his high school girlfriend and robbery.

Green's younger brother, Nysasno Carter, also testified Thursday. He told jurors that he has thought Green has an undiagnosed mental illness "ever since I was little."

Carter said that he tried to talk to their mother about getting Green help but she "kind of brushed me off."

Carter said Green often talked about having nothing to live for. He also said his brother heard demons.

Shortly before the murders, Green checked himself into a mental hospital for about five days, but then asked to be released, according to testimony.

Carter said that while he visited Green in jail, Green told him that Armstead appeared to him while Green was sitting on his bed.

Carter said Green told him that Armstead said "that she forgives him."

Staff Writer Jennifer Emily contributed to this report.


13-year-old says murder defendant made him view the dead bodies of his mother and baby sister

By Jennifer Emily - The Dallas Morning News

October 27, 2010

Two brothers tearfully recounted for a Dallas County jury Tuesday how their stepfather forced them to look at the dead bodies of their slain mother and little sister.

The boys' emotional testimony came in the capital murder trial of Gary Green, 39, where they also told jurors that they persuaded their mother's husband not to kill them, too. Green is accused of killing Lovetta Armstead and her 6-year-old daughter, Jazzmen Montgomery, at their south Oak Cliff home in September 2009.

As they see their mother lying on the floor, "we just fall on our knees and start crying," the older boy, now 13, told jurors.

Armstead was killed shortly after informing Green that she wanted to annul their marriage just months after the wedding, according to police. Green had moved out, but he persuaded Armstead to let him spend the day at the house.

If convicted, Green would face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

The attack on Armstead was so violent, said prosecutors Andy Beach, Heath Harris, Josh Healy and Jennifer Bennett, that one knife broke and Green grabbed another.

Armstead also grabbed a knife and stabbed Green twice behind his shoulder.

But her stab wounds were too much and she died "a slow, painful, agonizing death," Beach said.

Green then grabbed the girl and drowned her in the bathtub, prosecutors said. He would later tell police that "it was so bad, I had to turn away."

He showered in the same tub and went to pick his stepsons up from church. When they got home, he held the brothers at knifepoint and stabbed the youngest one in the abdomen.

Somehow, Beach said, the boys did what their mother could not and persuaded Green not to kill them. The youngest brother did all the talking. His older brother testified that he was too scared.

"We're too little to die," the younger brother, now 10, testified he told Green. "We won't tell anybody about it."

They also told Green that they loved him.

After Green told the boys he would spare their lives, he told them he had something to show them. He took them into the bedroom and showed them their dead mother.

"I killed your mom because I loved her to death," Beach said Green told the boys.

They then saw the body of their sister face down on the bloody floor of the bathroom. Her hands were bound behind her back with duct tape.

The older boy said Green ordered him to retrieve his pills, forcing him to walk through the blood that covered the bathroom floor.

Green then left, he said, after making the boys hug him and promise not to call the police until he was gone.

The boys testified Green told them he was going to kill himself.

"You know how I told you to say, 'See you later' and never 'Bye?' " the older quoted Green as saying.

"Well, this is goodbye."

Bursting into tears

The younger brother was seated at the witness stand during a break and smiled while talking to attorneys. But he burst into tears when Green entered the courtroom from a jail cell.

When prosecutors couldn't calm him, he was ushered from the courtroom. The boy returned minutes later, armed with pockets full of candy.

As the younger boy testified, he glanced constantly at Green, who sat quietly and stared ahead throughout the day's testimony. The boy said he once cared for Green, telling jurors, "I loved him to death."

'5 lives taken today'

Earlier Tuesday, prosecutors introduced three letters that the couple exchanged on the day of the murders.

In the first message, written on notebook paper, Armstead asked Green to move out of their home: "I know you love me and I love you but it's time we part."

In the second, she voiced regrets at allowing Green back into her life.

In the final letter, Green said he planned to kill Armstead, her three children and himself. The letter showed to jurors was typed. The original was covered in blood and found on Armstead's bed.

"You asked to see the monster so here is the monster you made me!" he wrote. There "will be 5 lives taken today me being the 5th!"

At one point in his final letter to Armstead, Green reflected on his fate.

"I pray that the Lord allows my soul to enter Heaven," he wrote. "If not I will burn in Hell forever."

In brief opening remarks, Green's defense attorneys, Paul Johnson, Kobby Warren and Brady Wyatt asked jurors not to make up their minds until they hear all the evidence.


Dallas man told police he hoped to join slain wife, daughter as happy family 'in the afterlife'

By Meredith Shamburger - The Dallas Morning News

October 27, 2010

Confessing to Dallas police after the brutal slayings of his wife and her 6-year-old daughter, Gary Green said he felt betrayed when Lovetta Armstead asked for a divorce.

After only a few months of marriage, he decided he couldn't live without her.

"My original plan was to kill all of us," he said in the videotaped confession shown to jurors at his capital murder trial Wednesday. That way, he added, "in the afterlife we all could be a happy family."

Armstead and her daughter, Jazzmen Montgomery, were found dead in their south Oak Cliff home in September 2009. The woman was stabbed repeatedly, and the girl was tied up and drowned in the bathtub.

If convicted, Green faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday. The trial is expected to continue today.

Green's attorneys have asked jurors not to make up their minds until they hear all the evidence.

Homicide Detective Robert Quirk, who interviewed Green during the confession, testified Wednesday. He said investigators found Jazzmen in the bathroom and Armstead face down in the bedroom.

She'd been stabbed more than two dozen times, and signs of a struggle were apparent.

"Frankly, it was a bloody mess," Quirk said.

Green told police that he tied up the girl in her bedroom and then took her to the master bedroom. He attacked Armstead in the bathroom, he said, stabbing her "about 30 times," though not all at once.

At one point, prosecutors say, Armstead grabbed a toilet tank lid and tried to hit Green. She also grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the shoulder, though the wounds were superficial.

"When she stabbed me, I backed up off her," Green said.

Jazzmen was tied up during the fight. Afterward, he took her into the bloody bathroom, Green said in the taped interview.

"I killed her in the bathtub," he told police.

Armstead's two boys testified a day earlier that Green showed them the bodies but spared them when they pleaded for their lives.

Green, 39, said he put tape over Jazzmen's mouth to prevent her from doing the same.

Covered in blood, he showered in the same bathroom, changed clothes and picked up the boys from church, Green told the detective.

After showing the boys their mother, Green changed clothes again and left them at the house, he told police. He then took 20 to 30 pills in hopes that he would "just go to sleep."

But his family found him at a friend's house a day later and persuaded him to turn himself in.

Police Sgt. Kevin Kirchdorfer accompanied Green to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for the overdose.

On the way, the sergeant testified, Green complained that he couldn't get the images of his wife and her child out of his head.

"I didn't really want to do anything to anybody," he said in his taped interview.


The victims

Lovetta Armstead, 32, and her daughter, Jazzmen Montgomery, 6.



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