Entomologist testifies at trial in double slaying

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) -- Jurors at the East Tennessee trial of a man charged in the slayings of a decapitated Georgia teenager and his new wife heard have heard prosecution testimony aimed at linking the defendant to a rental storage unit where the bodies were found.

Howard Hawk Willis is charged in the October 2002 slayings of 17-year-old Adam Chrismer and 16-year-old Samantha Leming Chrismer. The Walker County, Ga. newlyweds were shot and their bodies were found in an East Tennessee rental storage unit. Adam Chrismer's head was found in a lake and his severed hands were also recovered.

WJHL-TV reports that an entomologist, Dr. Erin Watson, testified Thursday that blow flies found in the rental storage unit matched blow flies found at the home of Willis's mother, where investigators contend they were killed.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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