Slow-Going in Jury Selection for Billy Green Trial in Randolph County

MAY 10, 2004 - Posted at 6:37 a.m. CDT, updated at 4:33 p.m. CDT

POCAHONTAS, AR - Only two jurors were picked today as jury selection got underway this morning for the trial of a Randolph County man charged with the July 1998 murders of the Carl Elliott family of Dalton, Arkansas.  In a slow-moving process, lawyers involved in the case seated one man and one woman after seven hours today.

49-year-old Billy Dale Green of Warm Springs is charged with four counts of capital murder and one count of kidnapping in the case, which will be heard in Randolph County Circuit Court in Pocahontas.

A plea bargain has been offered to Green, but so far he has rejected the proposal.  On Thursday, Green was denied a change of venue request by Circuit Judge Harold Erwin.

Two of Green's sons are also charged in the case, and both men are expected to testify against their father in his trial, as is his estranged wife.  In March, Charles Green pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and kidnapping just before a jury was to be seated in his trial.  As part of the plea agreement conditions, Charles Green must now testify against his father.  Jason Green is charged with two counts of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Lawyers handling the case are selecting from a pool of approximately 250 jurors.