August 7, 2003 - Posted at: 5:46 p.m. CDT
NEWPORT, Ark. -- Confidential sources say that Charles and Jason Green murdered the family of Carl Allen Elliott over a drug deal that went bad.
Affidavits obtained by KAIT early Thursday afternoon detail allegations against the Greens, and their father Billy Dale Green, for the five-year-old murders of Allen, his wife Lisa, son Gregory, and daughter Felicia in the rural Randolph County community of Dalton.
The affidavits that were obtained do contain information that has been redacted as a means of protecting the identity of sources.
The bodies of Lisa and Elliott Green were discovered on July 30, 1998. Both were determined to have died due to multiple sharp force injuries. Last week, on the five-year anniversary of the discovery, the Green family was arrested by Randolph County Sheriff Brent Earley.
Both Billy and Charles Green are being held without bond on suspicion of four counts of capital murder and one count of rape. Jason Green is being held on $250,000 bond on suspicion of two counts of hindering apprehension. Billy Green is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center, while Charles and Jason are being held in Randolph County.
Initially, Allen Elliott was considered a suspect in the murder of his wife and son, and the abduction of his daughter. That later changed on August 2, 1998, when his body was discovered floating in the Eleven Point River with two, .22-caliber gunshot wounds to the head. Felicia Elliott's remains were found in on September 8, 2000, in a creek bed a quarter of a mile from Billy Green's residence.
According to the affidavits, Billy Green sold a gold 1975 Cadillac belonging to his son Jason to a local auto salvage shop on August 4, 1998, five days after the discovery of Lisa Elliott and her son. Investigators, including former Randolph County Sheriff Rob Sammons, searched the vehicle, finding two spent .22-caliber cartridges.
A friend, possibly female, told police in September 1998 that on the morning of July 30, 1998, Charles Green arrived at their residence. The witness reported that "after arriving at the residence; he took off a pair of camoflage overalls and under the overalls, he was wearing a pair of bloody cut off blue jean shorts. (Name deleted) also described Charles Green as being a 'bloody mess' with scratches covering his whole body."
When Charles Green was asked about what had happened, he said he was in a fight with Jason Green the night before.
In July 1999, a hair recovered from the sold Cadillac was microscopically similar to hair recovered by Allen Elliott.
In an interview with a confidential source on September 13, 2001, the source stated that "a relative of Charles and Jason Green came to visit his/her house and relayed to him/her that Charles and Jason Green killed the Elliott family family over a bad drug deal; they were very high and had killed them before they knew what had happened."
According to the affidavit, this source alse told investigators that Felicia Elliott was raped by the Greens before killing her, and dumping her body behind their father's home. Also, the source says that the back seat of Jason Green's vehicle was removed becuase it had Felicia Elliott's blood on it.
Two additional sources, interviewed on September 14, 2001, say that they witnessed all three Green men drive up to Billy Green's residence the night of the Elliott murders in the Warm Springs community with a fourth individual in Jason's Cadillac. Both sources say that the Greens then drove down a path behind Billy Green's home toward the location where Felicia Elliott's remains were found.
Upon returning later from the drive, Charles and Jason Green asked both sources if they wanted to go to a nearby pond to "go and get high." At the pond, a witness told investigators that Charles and Jason Green "began talking about having to kill the Elliotts because they owed them some money on a drug deal and they would not pay."
The source went that they were threatened by the brothers with death, if they informed police of what had been said and heard on the evening of the Elliott murders.