Arkansas death row inmate seeks clemency in upcoming hearing

Governor sets November execution date for Greene

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas death row inmate Jack Greene's lawyers will seek clemency during a hearing at 9 a.m., Oct. 4, ahead of his scheduled execution on Nov. 9.

Greene was convicted of capital murder for the killing Sidney Jethro Burnett in 1991. He was wanted as a person of interest in the murder of his brother in North Carolina at the time.

Greene's lawyers argue that he would not understand why he is being executed because of his mental illness. Sexual abuse Greene suffered as a child, as well as a family history of mental illness are also cited by Greene's lawyers.

They also argue that this precludes him from execution, according to precedent. In an email from Greene's attorneys, the lawyers cite Ford v. Wainwright (1986) and Panetti v. Quarterman (2007) as precedent for the level of understanding an inmate must possess. 

Lawyers for the state said that Burnett's family deserves justice.

This article was written with help from the Associated Press.

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