Dearborn Heights father charged with killing 4 children, injuring mother

Photo by Zeinab Najm A memorial grows on the porch of a house where four children were allegedly killed by their father and step-father, Gregory Green, Sept. 21.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
A memorial grows on the porch of a house where four children were allegedly killed by their father and step-father, Gregory Green, Sept. 21.

Gregory Green previously served time for murder

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Gregory Green, 49, of Dearborn Heights was charged today with murdering four children and injuring their mother at their house Sept. 21.

Twentieth District Court Judge David Turfe read the charges given by Wayne County Prosecutor Kmy Worthy during the arraignment.

Green faces four counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful imprisonment and one count of torture.

He allegedly tied up the mother —his wife — Faith Green and two step-children in the basement, forcing her to watch as he shot them execution-style.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 5, and a preliminary examination of the evidence against him is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 12. He was denied bond and will remain in jail.

When asked if he had any comment on bond, Gregory said, “I don’t need bond. I don’t think I deserve one.”

Photo by Zeinab Najm Dearborn Heights Police and Michigan State Police investigate the murder of four children at a house in the 4400 block of Hipp Street early this morning.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
Dearborn Heights Police and Michigan State Police investigate the murder of four children at a house in the 4400 block of Hipp Street early this morning.

The two step children, Chadney Allen, 19, and Kara Allen, 17, were found in the basement and pronounced dead at the scene.

Gregory Green and Faith Green had two younger children together, Koi Green, 5, and Kalieh Green, 4, who were discovered dead in their bedrooms.

Their suspected cause of death was intentional carbon monoxide asphyxiation. Police found duct tape on the muffler of a vehicle parked in the garage with a plastic tube attached.

“The Wayne County Medical Examiner will be handling the autopsy for the children,” Dearborn Heights Sgt. Michael Petri said during a press conference at the Dearborn Heights Justice Center, 25637 Michigan Ave. “These incidents cannot be policed because they are usually family issues.”

Faith Green, suffered multiple injuries from gunshot wounds and slashing wounds to her face and throat area. She was taken to a local hospital where her condition has been upgraded from critical to fair.

Police first received the phone call from Gregory Green just after 1 a.m. and arrived at the house in the 4400 block of Hipp Street to find him waiting on the porch.

He said that he had killed his family and that they were inside dead. Officers arrested him without incident.

Gregory Green did not suffer any injuries as a result of the incident.

He was convicted of second-degree murder in 1992, and paroled in 2008.

The murders occurred just a month after Faith Green filed for divorce from Gregory Green, but the motive for the incident remains unknown.

Police declined to confirm if the man is speaking because of the impending investigation.

Mayor Daniel Paletko said during the press conference that the killings are devastating for the community.

“Incidents like don’t usually happen in Dearborn Heights,” he said. “It’s a rare occurrence and is difficult to understand the motive for the crime.”

Paletko also said the house was well kept and had no prior ordinance calls or neighbor issues.

Michigan State Police are assisting Dearborn Heights police in the investigation.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com)