Medical Examiner Shares Gruesome Testimony During Green Murder Trial

Published: May. 15, 2004 at 12:00 AM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2004 at 3:40 PM CDT
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May 14, 2004--Posted at 8 p.m. CDT

POCAHONTAS, AR--Back in July of 1998, 27 year old Lisa Elliot took 27 blows to the head with a blunt object, probably an iron tire tool, but that didn't kill her, later someone had cut her throat. That's just some of the graphic, new information revealed to jurors during Friday's testimony in the capitol murder trial of Billy Dale Green, up in Pocahontas.

Billy Green is charged with four counts of capitol murder in the deaths of Carl Allen Elliot, his wife Lisa, and their children, Gregory and Felicia.

A good portion of the day's testimony came from Associate State Medical Examiner Dr. Frank Peretti who supervised and performed the autopsies on all of the Elliot's.

He said Lisa took 27 blows to the head with a blunt object and went on to say the injuries were consistent with the tire tool found in the home. But he said Lisa didn't die from those injuries, there was a 3 inch deep cut to her throat that severed her wind pipe, carotid artery and jugular vein. Peretti said that cut off her air supply and caused massive bleeding into her lungs, basically she drowned in her own blood.

He said six year-old Gregory Elliot died from nine blows to the face, head, and chest and his injuries were consistent with the alleged murder weapon. He also had a broken jaw and several knife wounds.

30 year-old Carl Elliot died from two gun shots to the head. One of the shots was behind the right ear with the barrel of a .22 caliber gun pressed against the skin. The other was a shot under the left eye from a distance.

Peretti also said the remains of eight year-old Felicia Elliot, found in September of 2000, were consistent with someone who had been dead for two years, but there was no way to determine her cause of death.

An acquaintance of Lisa Elliot, Dewayne Crommie testified, two months before the murders, Lisa had asked to borrow $10,000 to cover a bad debt owed the Green's. He claims she also said she was scared to death of the Green's.

Crommie said, the reason he waited five years to tell the sheriff was out of fear for his family's safety.

Randolph County Deputy Randy Barber testified; he was called to the Elliot home the night of the murders around 1:15 a.m. on a domestic dispute call, but left after no one came to the door.

He also estimated the value of a single marijuana plant at $1,000. That testimony set up the prosecution's claim that the murders were committed after Carl Elliot confessed to stealing ten pot plants from Billy Green and couldn't pay for them.

The trial recessed for the weekend at noon on Friday after jurors saw a video tape taken by investigators at the crime scene.

The trial resumes Monday.