TN TN - Howard Hawk Willis, covicted in murders of Adam Ray Chrismer and Samantha Foste

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  1. babydust2004

    babydust2004 New Member

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    I don't know if anyone else has heard about this case but the murder victims are from this area where I live.My son goes to school at the High School where Adam and Samantha went.This man is playing the system and winning.My DH's cousins were very good friends with Adam when they were children.Adam and Samantha's parents are starting to think the justice system does not work because this man has gotten away with murder and it doesn't look he may ever go to trial.I will try and post everything I can find.
    This link has a lot of the news about this case
    http://s2.excoboard.com/Courthouse_Steps_Mavens/150223/2140061


    these 2 links are the newest info on the case
    http://www2.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/howard_hawk_willis_sues_judge/41975/

    http://www2.tricities.com/tri/news/..._himself_from_howard_hawk_willis_trial/42542/
     
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  3. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    What utter frustration! 8 years and still no trial. Maybe someone in GP can help this guy out of his manipulative misery?

    At least he is behind bars!

    Salem
     
  4. Snoopster

    Snoopster Well-Known Member

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  5. bessie

    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    [...]
    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.
    http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-06-09/howard-hawk-willis-denied-retrial-ga-teens-deaths

    Read more: Howard Hawk Willis demands new trial, claims new evidence would have helped defense
    January 5th, 2015 11:17 am by Becky Campbell

    [...]
    Howard Hawk Willis, 63, is on death row at Riverbend Correctional Complex in Nashville, where he has been since his conviction and sentencing for the deaths of Adam and Samantha Chrismer, 17 and 16 years old, respectively. He knew the young couple through his daughter, Kelli Chancey. Willis said the evidence that state prosecutors withheld pertains to the murder of Willis' stepfather, Sam Thomas, in Georgia around the same time the Chrismers were killed.
     
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    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    At first I thought that the two (sets of) murder weren't related and that withholding any evidence in one trial wouldn't affect the other.

    But upon re-re-reading the "timesnews.net" story....
    Killing the young couple was a bit much, but it looks like he'd have a pretty damned good reason to at least want to kill them.
    Am I wrong?
    It clearly shows why he would want to kill the two "kids."
    ...Vengeance for him being falsely blamed for his stepfather's murder, if what she said was true.
     
  7. KayElJay

    KayElJay Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    http://wjhl.com/2016/05/11/double-m...s-says-new-evidence-will-result-in-new-trial/
     
  8. KayElJay

    KayElJay Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    The Supreme Court has affirmed the convictions and sentences of death for Howard Hawk Willis for killing two East Tennessee teenagers and dismembering one of them.

    (...)

    After a full review of the record and all of the evidence, the Court concluded that the proof fully supported the convictions and the sentences of death.

    Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee filed a separate concurring opinion, in which she agreed that Mr. Willis’s death sentence is proportionate to the penalties imposed in similar cases but reiterated her disagreement with the manner in which the Court conducts proportionality review.

    http://tncourts.gov/press/2016/07/0...ntence-man-guilty-2002-east-tennessee-murders

    Courts opinion (State of TN vs Howard Hawk Willis): http://www.tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/willishowardhawk.opn_and_appendix.pdf

    State of TN vs Howard Hawk Willis - Concurring: http://www.tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/willishoward.sep_.opn_.pdf
     

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