A last minute plea bargain is made in the Chad Green murder case.
Potential jurors at the Randolph County Courthouse were surprised this morning when presiding Judge Harold Erwin told them to go home and come back in the morning. But now they will no longer play a role in Chad Green's future.
Closed door negotiations have resulted in a plea bargain for two separate cases. Green will serve a total of 40 years in prison for the 1998 kidnapping and slaying of the Elliot family from Dalton, and also two rape charges for an unrelated case. Green could be eligible for parole in 28 years.
Elliot family member Brenda Ward says the chance for parole in 28 years is not good enough.
"To be in jail would be a better punishment; it would be more just than the death penalty, because legal injection would be too good for someone who committed that heinous of a crime," said Ward.
Carl Allen Elliot, his wife Lisa, and children Felicia and Gregory were murdered when authorities believe a drug deal went sour, involving Chad Green, his father Billy, and brother Jason.
Under his plea bargain, Chad Green also could end up testifying against his father Billy based on video-statements and other matters announced in open court.