Howard Hawk Willis

Howard Hawk Willis (right) sits with his legal team at Tuesday’s hearing of his request for a new trial. Willis was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for the murders of two teens.

One of the expert witnesses who testified Tuesday on the second day of a hearing of Howard Hawk Willis’ request for a new trial on his 13-year-old capital murder convictions questioned the scientific methodology used to determine the times of death for the victims.

Willis was convicted for the murders of 17-year-old Adam Chrismer and 16-year-old Samantha Leming Chrismer and sentenced to death in 2010. The boy’s head and hands were found in Boone Lake in October 2002, and the bodies of both teens were found a few days later in Johnson City in a storage unit assigned to Willis’ mother.

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Sarah Owens is a recent graduate of Milligan University and a native of Alabaster, Ala.. She earned a bachelors degree in communications. She has a passion for traveling and animals and an interest in international cultures.

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