JONESBOROUGH, TN. (AP) - A man told an East Tennessee jury that the 2002 slayings of a Georgia teen couple whose bodies were found in a storage warehouse were "horrendous," but he didn't kill them.

Howard Hawk Willis is representing himself at the double murder trial in Jonesborough. The Johnson City Press reports that Willis said in an opening statement Monday that he was set up after trying to help the young newlyweds from Chickamauga, Ga.

The 59-year-old Willis is charged in the slayings of 17-year-old Adam Chrismer and 16-year-old Samantha Leming Chrismer.

Their bodies were found in a Johnson City rental storage unit after Adam Chrismer's head was found in Boone Lake and his hands were discovered nearby.

Assistant District Attorney General Dennis Brooks said evidence in the case includes a recorded confession.


Information from: Johnson City Press,



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