published Monday, August 25th, 2014

Tennessee to seek death penalty in strangulation of 79-year-old man

CLINTON — Anderson County District Attorney General Dave Clark announced Monday the state will seek the execution of a man alleged to have choked his elderly uncle to death and the execution of the man's girlfriend, who is accused of watching the slaying.

Clark said the advanced age of victim Sammie J. Adams, who was 79, "was an aggravating factor leading to the request for the death penalty" against Norman Lee Follis, 50, and Tammy Sue Chapman, 46.

A warrant alleges Follis wrapped a "ligature around Adams' neck" and tightened it, and the murder occurred sometime between Dec. 5, 2011, and Jan. 24, 2012.

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