Green pleads guilty to murder of his 4 children
Gregory Green, the Dearborn Heights man charged with killing his two young children and two older stepchildren, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the four slayings.
Green also was charged with an attack on his then-wife, Faith Harris-Green. He pleaded guilty in the attack.
Green, 50, will spend 45-100 years behind bars as part of his guilty plea to the charges against him, which included weapons charges. He faces sentencing in Wayne County Circuit Court on March 1.
Green pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slayings of Kaleigh Green, 4; Koi Green, 5; and teenage stepchildren Kara Allen, 17, and Chadney Allen, 19, on Sept. 21 at the family’s Dearborn Heights home.
“Unfortunately, I took the lives of Kaleigh, Koi, Chadney (and) Kara,” said Green on Wednesday. “I shot my ex-wife. I left my two girls in the car ... and (which was filled with carbon monoxide). Kara and Chadney... I shot them.”
Green pleaded guilty to torture and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the attack on Harris-Green. He also pleaded guilty to felony firearm. The counts of unlawful imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm and felonious assault will be dropped at the sentencing hearing as part of his guilty plea. Harris-Green, 39, was granted a divorce from Green in December, according to Wayne County Court records.
“The plea was given with the express approval of Faith Green, the mother of the children, and the father of the two Allen children,” according to a statement from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday.
Harris-Green looked on in court as Green pleaded guilty
She declined comment as she left court Wednesday.
Green was referred for a competency exam in October at his preliminary examination. In court Wednesday, an assistant Wayne County prosecutor said Green was found mentally competent and criminally responsible in the case.
Green cried as he described killing his biological children and shooting his older stepchildren multiple times.
“He wanted to get it over with,” said Green’s attorney, Charles Longstreet II, following the hearing before 20th District Court Judge David Turfe in Dearborn Heights.
Longstreet said Green decided to plead guilty to the gruesome murders and attack on his wife, whom he referred to as his “ex-wife” during his plea Wednesday.
Authorities say Green called 911 at 1:15 a.m. Sept. 21 and waited for police in the driveway of his home on the 4400 block of Hipp. Inside the home, investigators discovered Harris-Green in the basement, bound with tape and zip ties. Green is accused of slashing his wife in the face and shooting her in the foot.
Prosecutors say Green assaulted his wife before forcing her to watch him shoot her two older children. Green killed the couple’s two young daughters with carbon-monoxide poisoning, officials said.
Green served 16 years for the stabbing murder of his first, pregnant wife, Tonya, in 1991. He also pleaded the insanity defense in that case and was ordered for mental examination.
Green was denied parole four times, twice in 2004 and twice in 2006, before being granted release in 2008, Corrections officials said.