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Jury sentences Howard Hawk Willis to death

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Associated Press - June 21, 2010 7:35 PM ET

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) - A jury in northeastern Tennessee has sentenced Howard Hawk Willis to death after convicting him of first-degree murder in the dismemberment killing of a newlywed teenage Georgia couple eight years ago.

Jurors began deliberating Saturday, took Sunday off and convicted him early Monday afternoon, then sentenced him less than two hours later. The trial began last Monday.

The six-man, six-woman jury found Willis guilty in the killing of 17-year-old Adam Chrismer and 16-year-old Samantha Leming Chrismer of Chickamauga, Ga. The boy's head was found in Boone Lake in October 2002 and his severed hands were found nearby. The bodies of both teens were found in a rented storage unit in Johnson City.

The state had asked for the death penalty.

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