Son May Testify Against Father in Randolph Co. Murders

January 14, 2004 - Posted at 4:37 p.m. CDT, updated at 7:47 a.m., updated at 2:28 p.m. 1/15/04

POCAHONTAS, AR - Randolph County Sheriff Brent Early confirmed for K8 News Wednesday afternoon that the lawyer for a man charged along with his father for killing a Randolph County family has asked for a separate trial and may testify against his father in the case.

Charles "Chad" Green argues in a court filing filed this week in Randolph County Circuit Court that his father, Billy Dale Green, may have played a larger role in the 1998 killings of the Carl Elliot family near Dalton.  Chad Green's brother, Jason Green is also charged in the crimes.

Defense attorney Larry Kissee of Ash Flat, who represents Chad Green, has asked that his client be tried separately from Billy Green and suggested that the younger Green might testify against his father in an effort to avoid the dealth penalty.

Kissee is also expected to ask that the trial, scheduled for March 1, be moved from Pocahontas to either Newport or Ash Flat on a change of venue request.

A motion hearing in the case got underway this morning in Pocahontas, and continued into the afternoon.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)