Jury: Death penalty for killer of Upton County deputy

112th District Attorney Laurie English prosecuted the case

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112th District Attorney Laurie English succeeded in obtaining the death penalty for Gary David Green, 56, for the 2013 shooting death of Upton County deputy Billy "Bubba" Kennedy, Jr.

In a case that was tried in Nueces County due to a change of venue, the same jury that last week convicted Green for capital murder handed down the death penalty on Wednesday, June 26.

The jury found that Green would be a continuing threat to society and determined there were no "mitigating circumstances," such as Green's character and background, that warranted life in prison over the death penalty, court records show.

The case stems from the October 2, 2013 shooting death of Kennedy at the Stripes convenience store in McCamey.

The Associate Press reported that Green was arrested in October 2013 following a shootout at a McCamey convenience store. His card was declined at the store and he demanded free gas, the Odessa American reported.

The man was approached by Kennedy and another deputy, who ran a check on the vehicle's license plate and discovered it was stolen.

Kennedy went to the vehicle's side door and unfastened his gun from its holster, according to the newspaper. Green opened his door and fired, it states. Both officers reportedly returned fire.

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