Prosecutors seek death penalty in 79-year-old man's murder
Anderson county first degree murder Stanton pending trial Abbott
The district attorney general announced the state of Tennessee will seek the death penalty against Norman Lee Follis and Tammy Sue Chapman. 8-25-14
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00:00 Today the district attorney general announced the state of Tennessee
00:03 will seek the death penalty against normally follow us in Tammy
00:07 sue Chapman. The couple is accused of killing follows his uncle
00:11 WB IR -- supporter mayor Scott joins us from the information
00:14 center with more now -- Robin and Diane Abbott district attorney
00:18 general Dave Clark said this case qualifies for the death penalty
00:22 under state law because the victim was older than seventy. Anderson
00:25 county deputies found the body of 79 year old Lanny. 2012.
00:32 After friends and neighbors said they hadn't seen him for some
00:35 time. Prosecutors believe finalists in Chapman murdered -- sometime between December
00:40 5 2011. And January 24 2012. They say the -- have
00:45 been -- his body under a staircase. The district attorney says
00:49 this is only the second time this state has requested the
00:52 death penalty -- accounting in recent memory. Back in November 2012.
00:56 Clark announced they would seek the death penalty against the Valerie
00:59 Stanton. She's charged with first degree murder in the death of
01:02 her two year old granddaughter and that case is still pending
01:06 trial Robin and John back. All right thanks so much --
Prosecutors said they're seeking the death penalty against an Anderson County couple accused of killing a 79-year-old man and hiding his body.
Norman Lee Follis Jr., 50, and Tammy Sue Chapman, 46, are charged with murdering Sammie J. Adams in his home sometime between Dec. 5, 2011 and Jan. 24, 2012.
The pair stashed the body under a staircase in Adams's own apartment on Patt Lane, according to District Attorney General Dave Clark. The body was discovered after friends and neighbors reported to officials they haven't seen Adams for sometime, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.