Billy Green's Fate Now in Hands of Jury

MAY 20, 2004 - Posted at 5:20 p.m. CDT

POCAHONTAS, AR - The fate of accused family murderer Billy Dale Green is now in the hands of a Randolph County jury.

Circuit Judge Harold Erwin put the case in the hands of jurors at approximately 3 o'clock this afternoon. The jury deliberated for two hours before being dismissed for the day, and will resume deliberations tomorrow morning at 9.

There was speculation that Green might testify in his own defense today, but the defendant opted not to do so.

During closing arguments, the State of Arkansas maintained the Billy Green is guilty of 4 counts of capital murder, and 1 count of kidnapping.

Deputy Prosecutor Richard Castleman told jurors that the State may not have physical evidence against Green, but enough circumstantial evidence to convict him.

Castleman pointed out that Green's family testified that Billy left the house on the night of the murders after getting a phone call from Chad.

Castleman also pointed out that this case can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, by the testimony of William Moffett, Green's former cell-mate who testified the Billy told him, "if you don't pay the dope man, you get burnt."

During closing arguments for the defense, attorney Steve Harper asked the jury to decide what part of the State's case is the truth.

Harper attacked investigators for the lack of evidence compiled over a 5 year period.

The defense also attacked the credibility of certain witnesses, including Chad Green's.

Harper told jurors Chad's testimony was almost like a machine that you pressed play.

The defense also told jurors that the State does not have enough evidence to corroborate Chad's testimony, saying Williams Moffett knows more about the justice system than Harper does.

Harper urged jurors not to convict Billy based on his reputation.