News@noon: Parole letters, Ausmus, politics and clowns

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, and we've got a tragic twist in the Dearborn Heights quadruple homicide case.

A decade ago, pastor Fred Harris wrote letters supporting the parole of killer Gregory Green, who now stands accused of attacking Harris' daughter and killing his four grandchildren.

Gregory Green was repeatedly denied parole more than two decades after killing his wife and unborn child because he showed little remorse and blamed his victim for his actions, according to documents from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

"Gregory and I were friends before his mishap and he was incarcerated,” Harris wrote on Aug. 17, 2005. “I feel he has paid for his unfortunate lack of self control and the damage he has caused as much as possible and is sorry. This will not restore the lives that were taken; he will carry that with him for the rest of his life.”

Green was incarcerated for 16 years over the July 14, 1991, murder of his former wife, Tonya Green, and their unborn child. He was released in 2008.

Here's what else is happening today:

Brad Ausmus

Ausmus roars back

Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine walk off the stage after the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Oct. 4, 2016.

Politics

The clown-masked man appeared at the Walgreens on Telegraph at about 9:30 p.m., wearing a black hoodie, and brandishing a handgun, according to photos taken by cameras in the store.

More clowns

The Fugitive

Is this possible?

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Safety Council announced plans today to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries in the United States within the next 30 years. Efforts would start with increased use of seat belts and rumble strips, and later focus on the development of self-driving vehicles.

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