- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) - A Johnson City man charged with killing a Kingsport couple who went missing in January has entered a not guilty plea in Carter County Sessions Court.

The Johnson City Press (https://bit.ly/1E1BHST) reports 43-year-old Eric James Azotea appeared in court Wednesday for arraignment on charges that include two counts of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the deaths of 36-year-old Arthur Gibson and 22-year-old Amber Terrell.

Police say the couple’s remains were discovered after a three-month search in a crawl space in Azotea’s home. Investigators have said they think he killed the couple and dismembered their bodies in an apparent drug deal gone wrong.

Defense attorney Steve Finney said he was just appointed to the case and needs time to prepare for a preliminary hearing that was set for June 11.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, https://www.johnsoncitypress.com


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