Man, 24, guilty of murder for running over Douglas County woman

After hearing he was convicted of murder for repeatedly running over a Douglas County grandmother, a 24-year-old Alabama man shouted an expletive, declaring his innocence.

“I’m not (expletive) guilty,” Dewey Calhoun Green said before being led out of the courtroom by deputies.

With family members of Janice Pitts looking on, Green was found guilty of all charges, including murder, assault and battery in the June 2014 death.

Pitts, 53, died after being run over as her daughter and grandson watched helplessly.

On June 25, 2014, Pitts was taking her daughter to work when her SUV was hit from behind, her daughter Iesha Taylor said in the days following the incident. Pitts got out of her SUV to check the damage when Green allegedly hit her, pinning her between his Chevrolet Silverado and her Lincoln Navigator, witnesses told police.

Then, Green put the truck in reverse and drove forward and over Pitts, despite pleas for him to stop, Davis said.

“He literally ran my mother’s head over,” Davis said.

In court on Friday, Chief District Attorney Ryan Leonard told the judge that Green called family members and friends and asked them to contact jurors to explain his side of the story, Channel 2 Action News reported. Prosecutors played a tape of one of the conversations Friday morning in court.

Green’s attorneys had argued that he suffered a seizure before the crash and didn’t kill the woman intentionally.

After the guilty verdict Friday afternoon, Green’s family called the trial unfair and said he was innocent, Channel 2 reported.

"They disallowed some of the best evidence that proved my son hit his head, had a concussion and seizure and that was that,” Green’s father, also named Dewey Green, said. “He requested he be given a polygraph test.”

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.