Court records: Huntsville man who killed wife in front of children had protection order against him

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Police say the man who killed his wife Monday in the parking lot of a business off Pulaski Pike, with their three children inside the car, was arrested for domestic violence last month.

Court records show Heather Green had called police about her husband, Jessie Green, on September 25 and obtained a protection order against him the same day. He was arrested and charged with domestic violence in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Madison County Jail records show Green was booked on the morning of Sept. 25 and released late that evening without having to pay a bond.

The temporary protection order was granted by a Madison County district judge. The court found that Jessie Green represented a "credible threat" to the physical safety of Heather Green.  The order barred Jessie Green from the family's Huntsville residence and he was not allowed to have any contact with his wife.

The couple had a  final hearing set for Oct. 9 on the protection order, but Heather Green failed to appear. Court records show Jessie Green did appear for the hearing with his attorney.  Heather Green's failure to appear led to the protection order being dismissed.

Jessie Green's attorney Randy Ferguson said today he had spoken with Green several times over the past week, including yesterday and there was never any indication Green was planning violence or was particularly upset. The couple was preparing to file for a divorce. Ferguson was helping Green with that, as well as his criminal case.

"I think a lot of things were going on with them, but just based on talking to him yesterday, I would never have seen that ," Ferguson said. "It was all about getting the divorce finalized."

Ferguson said Green had visited with his children several times since his arrest.

Police say Jessie Green shot Heather Green inside her car in the parking lot of 751 Pleasant Row on Monday, next to a medical office. Witnesses told police the couple's three children were inside the car when the shooting happened. The children, ages 3, 6 and 8, ran for safety and the Department of Human Resources placed them in the care of family members.

Heather Green's family has set up a Gofundme account to help with her funeral expenses.