JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in East Tennessee has denied a death row convict's motion for a new trial in the slaying of two teens, one of whom was dismembered.
According to the Johnson City Press, a court order was entered this week, stating Howard Hawk Willis' trial had no errors and denying a new trial for the 61-year-old Willis.
He was convicted two years ago and sentenced to death in the 2002 slayings of 17-year-old Adam Chrismer and his 16-year-old wife, Samantha. The couple were from Chickamauga, Ga.
The investigation began when a fisherman found the boy's head floating in Boone Lake. The bodies were found in plastic bins in a rental storage unit in Johnson City.
Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood reviewed Willis' motion and ruled against his request.
Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.