- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An attorney for a death row inmate convicted of murdering and dismembering teenage newlyweds from Georgia says statements Howard Hawk Willis made to his ex-wife should not have been used against him.

Willis is appealing his conviction to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

During a Thursday hearing, defense attorney Kathleen Morris said Willis’ ex-wife was working with law enforcement when she recorded him saying of the teens, “Yeah. I blew their brains out.”

Morris argued that Willis’ ex-wife was acting as an agent of the state. And she said Willis should not have been questioned by his ex-wife without an attorney present, because Willis had invoked his right to an attorney.

James Gaylord of the Tennessee attorney general’s office argued Willis never expressed a clear and unequivocal desire for an attorney.

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