By Tobias Salinger: The Detroit-area man accused of killing four family members and shooting his wife did prison time for killing his first wife, officials said Thursday.
Prosecutors said 49-year-old Gregory Green tied up his wife, slashed her face with a box cutter and shot her in the foot before making her watch him fatally shoot her teen son and daughter early Wednesday at their Dearborn Heights, Mich., home. Investigators said he also killed his young daughters by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Green had served 16 years in prison after pleading no contest to murdering his first wife when she was six months pregnant. Green stabbed the woman to death in Detroit in 1991, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz told MLive.
Gautz said Green called police to report what he had done, just as police said he dialed 911 around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday and confessed to the killings. He faces charges of first-degree murder, assault, torture and other crimes. He returned to jail without bond Thursday.
“I don’t need bond. I mean, I don’t think I deserve it,” Green said in court.
His current wife, Faith Green, had filed for divorce twice and an order of protection, citing a “breakdown in the marriage relationship” in the recent second divorce filing. A judge rejected the 2013 protection order request, and the divorce request that same year was dismissed.
Investigators believe Gregory Green accused his wife of cheating on him before he carried out the horrific act, WXYZ-TV reported. Faith Green survived the rampage, but her husband is charged with killing Koi Green, 5, Kaleigh Green, 4, Chadney Allen, 19, and Kara Allen, 17.
“The alleged evidence in this case will show an appalling level of domestic violence that was cataclysmic,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “We must push the issue of domestic violence back to the forefront and be constantly educated about it.”
Authorities released Green from jail on parole in 2008 and took him off state supervision in April 2010, Gautz told MLive. He faced a 15- to 25-year sentence for second-degree murder in the killing of his first wife, Tonya Green, but a murder charge related to the unborn child was dismissed, according to Gautz.
“He was denied parole four times for various reasons, but they all centered around the main idea that he had not shown remorse for his crime, had not gained adequate insight, and had a lack of empathy,” Gautz told the news outlet. “After being denied four times, he completed several cognitive based programs and was paroled in 2008.”
Chadney Allen, Green’s eldest victim, graduated from Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology in 2015 and his younger sister, Kara Allen, had been a senior at the same school, according to the student newspaper, The Southfield Times.
Kara Allen was a cheerleader and National Honor Society student with dreams of studying to become an obstetrician, friends told the student paper.
“It doesn’t make sense,” said her former English teacher, Virna Hobbs-Calhoun. “She was a bright student. It was a waste of talent.”
Friends and loved ones of the family left candles, stuffed animals and notes of sympathy at a growing makeshift memorial outside the Hipp St. home Thursday. Melissa Wencel, who told WXYZ her children were classmates with some of the victims, offered her condolences.
“I prayed for the children and their mother, to give her the strength to carry on and try to get through her life,” Wencel said, fighting back tears. “I think I speak for a lot of people in our town that our heart goes out to the mother.”
The district where three of the four victims attended school is raising money to help the family with funeral expenses, Dearborn Heights School District 7 assistant superintendent Dan Scott told The Detroit News. Those interested in donating should call the district’s office at (313) 203-1000.
“It’s very difficult to imagine how something like this could happen to children in this district, or children anywhere,” Scott said. “This is very sad for all of us.”