JONESBOROUGH, TN. (AP) - A jury in East Tennessee has begun deliberations in the murder case of two slain newlyweds from Georgia whose bodies were found in a storage unit.

WJHL-TV reported the jury began deliberating Saturday afternoon.

Howard Hawk Willis with the aid of an appointed attorney defended himself at the trial that started Monday in Jonesborough.

Willis is charged in the October 2002 deaths of the teens he knew and contends he tried to help, Adam Chrismer and Samantha Leming Chrismer of Chickamauga, Ga.

Their bodies were found in a rental storage unit after Adam Chrismer's head was found in a park lake and his hands were discovered nearby.

He chose not to testify on his own behalf, but in closing arguments said there was no evidence tying him to the murder weapon.


Information from: WJHL-TV,


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