Adam Green ends his life at Tucker Max
Adam Green, an inmate at Arkansas Department of Corrections Tucker Max Security Prison, hung himself while in custody, Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer confirmed.
Green was sentenced to serve 60 years, 15 years, and 40 years to run consecutively after being convicted in December 2019 of 2nd Degree Murder in the death of CJ Goforth, who was 36, of Mena, on March 9, 2019.
The jury also convicted Green of being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of a crime.
After multiple sources confirmed Green’s death, the Arkansas Department of Corrections issued this statement:
“While I can’t comment about any specific inmate’s mental health or medical information, I can tell you every correctional officer and, in fact, every Division of Correction employee, receives training on how to identify signals that an inmate may be experiencing emotional distress or may need mental health counseling. The health, safety and wellbeing of our inmates is a top priority,” Cindy Murphy, ADC Communications Director.
Calls to Arkansas State Police Troop B, which may be the investigative authority into deaths at Tucker Max, were not answered.
According to court documents, Green was attempting to appeal his case, and made request for additional time to file records and change attorneys.
Though the extensions were approved and new counsel was appointed, Green’s attorney, Michael Kaiser filed a notice with the court of appeals on Nov. 3 that Green is now deceased.
A motion for substitution may be made by any party or the successors or representative of the deceased party within 90 days.
District Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner said from the murder of Goforth to the death of Green, the families are the ones who suffer.
“In that crime, you have a veteran who served honorably, and was murdered,” Riner said. “And now Mr. Green, who was in his 30s, is now dead. Two lives were ended because of methamphetamine. The loss of life is always difficult, because two young men had potential. And now they leave behind families who suffer.”
Goforth was found dead in his vehicle, as a result of a gunshot, on a road East of Mena, during the early morning hours by a passerby. Authorities searched the area and worked clues until they were notified by law enforcement officials in Broken Bow, Oklahoma of their arrest of Green, at an area motel.