Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 1:08 pm EST
Leslie Rutledge, the Arkansas Attorney General has announced that she will not appeal the stay of execution for Jack Greene to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 8:22 pm EST
The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted the scheduled execution of Jack Greene. The execution was stayed to allow time for the court to review a lower court dismissal of a challenge to a state law. Jack's attorneys were challenging the law that allows prison officials to determine if Jack is competent to be executed. Jack's attorneys also claim that Jack suffers from psychotic delusions and lacks the competency to be executed. Jack has continually refuted his lawyers claim that he is mentally incompetent. In order to be considered competent for execution, an individual must under why they are being executed. Arkansas has not yet announced if they will appeal this decision.
Updated: Monday, November 6, 2017 10:17 am EST
Jack Gordon Greene is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm CST, on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Cummins Unit in Varner, Arkansas. Sixty-two-year-old Jack is convicted of the murder of 69-year-old Sidney Jethro Burnett on July 23, 1991, in Knoxville, Arkansas. Jack has spent the last 25 years on Arkansas’ death row.
In 1984, in North Carolina, Jack Greene began dating Donna Johnson. Initially sweet and attentive, Donna discovered that Greene had a “dark side” after moving in with him. Reportedly, Greene threatened to killed Donna and her family if she ever left him. In the years that she spent with him, she described his treatment as physically and emotionally abusive, including physically attacking her, once cutting of her finger. During their time in Arkansas, they befriended retired minister Sidney Burnett and his wife through a charity program. The Brunettes afforded Greene and Donna a place to live and employment. Donna eventually left Greene in July of 1991.
Shortly after Donna left, Greene went to North Carolina, where he kidnapped his 16-year-old niece and killed his brother Turner “Tommy” Greene. Greene then stole Tommy’s vehicle. His niece survived.
Using Tommy’s vehicle, Greene drove to Arkansas, where, on July 23, 1991, he went to the Burnett’s home. Greene later confessed that he believed the Burnett’s had interfered with his relationship, causing Donna to leave him. Sidney was home, while his wife was not. Greene tortured Sidney before eventually killing him.
Police arrested Greene in Oklahoma, driving Sidney’s vehicle, which he stole after murdering him. He also still had the murder weapons with him. Greene was given a life sentence in North Carolina and sentenced to death in Arkansas.
Jack Greene's attorneys have attempted to argue that he is mentally incompetent and has a severe mental illness which should prevent him from being executed. Jack has denied these claims. On Friday, November 3, 2017, Jefferson County Judge Jodi Raines Dennis rejected a request to halt Jack's execution based on these claims. Recently, the Arkansas Parole Board voted 6-0, that Jack is competent to be executed. Governor Asa Hutchinson has also refused to halt the execution, saying that he has reviewed all evidence, including recent testimony from Jack, and believes that Jack is competent to be executed. The Governor has also said that he will continue to review facts of the case until the execution.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of the Tommy Greene and Sidney Burnett. Please pray for strength for the family of Jack Greene. Please pray that if Jack is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Jack may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.