August 26, 2003 - Posted at 11:22 a.m. CDT
POCAHONTAS, Ark. -- Under heavy security, a father and his two sons plead not guilty in connection with the murders of a young Randolph County family. The father and one of his boys face murder charges, the other son is charged with hindering apprehension.
47-year-old Billy Green appeared this morning before Judge Harold Erwin in Randolph County Circuit Court. Along with one of his sons, he faces four counts of capital murder and one count of kidnapping in the deaths of four members of the Elliott family, who lived in the Dalton community in northwest Randolph County.
27-year-old Charles Wayne "Chad" Green is charged with the same counts as his father. Jason Green, 26, was brought into court after his father. He faces two counts of hindering apprehension. All three waived a formal proceeding and entered pleas of not guilty.
Billy and Charles Green are charged in the deaths of 30-year-old Carl Allen Elliott, 26-year-old Lisa Elliott, Felicia Elliott, 8, and six-year-old Gregory Elliott.
When the judge called Billy Green's case, a loud murmur arose from the audience of about 100 peopled who had crowded into the courtroom, including members of both the Green and Elliott families.
Billy's sister, Bonnie Korhman was there and said, "my brother couldn't do that, he wouldn't kill anybody. I know that in my heart, he's not a killer."
When asked about Billy's extensive criminal arrests and convictions, Korhman said, "Sure he's done some bad things, but none of them were violent. Yes, he's been in prison, but he's paid his debt and done his time."
Judge Erwin set trial dates for all three men the first week of March, 2004.