Death sentence for Atlanta murderer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

July 15, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to death for the murders of his former girlfriend, her boyfriend and their 3-year-old son four years ago in Atlanta.

The same Fulton County jury that convicted Demetrius G. Willis after a seven-week trial sentenced him on Monday.

Willis went into the home of 24-year-old Talisa Hankins on June 28, 2004, shot 31-year-old Jerry Williams three times in the head as he slept on a couch, shot Hankins as she tried to jump from a window and the boy, Jerry Williams Jr., in the head.

District Attorney Paul Howard said Willis also shot his and Hankins' 10-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old who was in the house, but they both survived.

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