July 31, 2003 - Posted at: 4:06 p.m. CDT
Updated at: 10:25 p.m. CDT
POCAHONTAS, Ark. -- One day after the five-year anniversary of the massacres of the Carl Allan Elliot family of small Randolph County town of Dalton, the names of those arrested for the murders were released by law enforcement.
Forty-eight-year-old Billy Dale Green and his son, 27-year-old Charles Wayne Green, of northern Randolph County are being held on four counts of capital murder, and one count of kidnapping. Both men were denied bond in hearing held Thursday morning in district court.
A second son, Jason Edward Green, 26, is being held on two counts of hindering apprehension. Bond was set at $250,000. The younger Green was on parole when arrested Wednesday.
"Five years ago, the murders of Carl Allan Elliott, Lisa Elliott, Gregory Elliott, and Felicia Elliott shocked the rural population of Randolph County," Sheriff Brent Early said. "Since January 1 of this year, (Prosecutor) Henry Boyce and I have taken control of this case, and have communicated several times over the last eight months our hope in resolving this horrific crime.
"I am glad to say that, through the will of God, the suspects in those murders are behind bars," Early added.
While being led out of district court, Billy Green said that his arrest was the result of a corrupt city government.
"I'm being illegally railroaded," Green said. "I'm being railroaded. This town is corrupt.
"It's corrupt. I want something done about it. I want '20/20' on this. Somebody get me some help," Green exclaimed before being placed in a Sheriff's Department vehicle.
On July 30, 1998, the body of Lisa Elliott and her son, Gregory, were found near their home in Dalton. In the days immediately following the discovery, police were looking for 30-year old Carl Allen Elliott for the double murder.
On August 2, the body of Carl Elliott was found in the Eleven Point River.
On July 30, 2003, the Green family spent the night in jail, five years after Lisa Elliot was found murdered.
"Yea, it's like a weight lifted off of me because they're off the streets," Carl Allan Elliot's sister Wanda said. "They can't go into nobody else's house and beat their kids to death. It can be a little overwhelming to think about the months and years ahead to think about how long it's going to play out."
"To me it's just a name," said Kathy Hart, Carl's sister. "They're just animals and they're going to get what they got coming to them. We've got a long road ahead of us."
The Elliots' case has gone through two other sheriff's and four prosecutors in the last five years. Over 300 pieces of evidence have been collected in the case.
"You know, it's been five years," said Mary Catron, Lisa Elliot's mother. "It's been a nightmare, and everyday we think 'Today we're going to hear something. Maybe they're going to find the killers,' and today, they arrested three people and I'm very thankful."
"It was all innuendo and rumor," said Billy Easton, Lisa's brother. "Now bam! We got somebody. Bam! We got some names. And bam! They're under arrest.
"I'd like to say I'm happy, but I'm not," Easton continued. "They're all in there in an air conditioned cell. I'll be happy when I get to watch their execution. I'll be happy when they die. When they put them underground and there's no sign of them ever again. I'll be happy when their memory is no longer. I'll be happy when they die and die and die."