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Double-murder trial under way in Blountville

November 1st, 2011 9:59 am by Kacie Breeding

BLOUNTVILLE — A Kingsport double-murder suspect who faces a possible death sentence if convicted is on trial this week in Sullivan County Circuit Court.

Leslie Allen Ware Jr., 32, is being tried in two joined cases. In one, he is charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder and felony murder and one count each of especially aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. In the other, he is charged with criminal conspiracy to possess more than 26 grams of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, possession of over 26 grams of cocaine for resale, and maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are used or sold.

The murder case stems from the Nov. 18, 2005, robbery and execution-style shooting deaths of Jeffrin Nolan and Terrance Alexander inside the former Solé candle shop on Myrtle Street in Kingsport, owned by Nolan. Nolan died at the scene, and Alexander died in the hospital several days later. Both were shot once in the back of the head.

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