Competency examination ordered for father charged with killing 4 children

Youtube video screenshot. Gregory Green, 49, of Dearborn Heights appears in the 20th District Court for his probable cause hearing Oct. 5 where a competency examination and evaluation for criminal responsibility were ordered before further proceedings in the quadruple murder case can resume.

Youtube video screenshot. Gregory Green, 49, of Dearborn Heights appears in the 20th District Court for his probable cause hearing Oct. 5 where a competency examination and evaluation for criminal responsibility were ordered before further proceedings in the quadruple murder case can resume.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS —The Dearborn Heights man charged with the murder of four children will face a mental competency examination and evaluation for criminal responsibility before a preliminary examination of the evidence against him.

Gregory Green, 49, appeared before 20th District Court Judge Mark Plawecki Oct. 5 for his probable cause hearing where the prosecutor read the request.

Prosecutor Trisha Gerard said she and Green’s defense attorney, Charles Longstreet II, “have had discussions over the course of the last week. It is my understanding that (Longstreet) is requesting that Mr. Green be referred to the forensic center for an evaluation regarding criminal responsibility.”

“For the sake of judicial economy, the people would also ask while he is at the forensic center that he be reviewed also for competency to stand trial and competency to waive his Miranda rights.”

Longstreet agreed with the request. The exam and evaluation will take place at the Center of Forensic Psychiatry in Saline.

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

The incident occurred on Sept. 21 when police received a phone call from Green. Once they arrived at the house in the 4400 block of Hipp Street, he was waiting on the porch and told police he killed the family.
Green allegedly tied up the mother, Faith Harris-Green, and two step-children in the basement forcing her to watch as he shot them.

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

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

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

Both younger children were transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

This incident occurred just a month after Harris-Green filed for divorce, but the motive for the incident remains unknown.

Harris-Green appeared in court still injured from the incident.

She did not make statements or conduct interviews with media in attendance.

A preliminary exam had been scheduled for Oct. 12 in 20th District Court, and Plawecki said a new date would be set after Green’s evaluation.

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

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