Slidell Louisiana. Prosecutors in St. Tammany Parish will not seek the death penalty against a Slidell man who is accused of kiling his parents with a hammer.
The Times Picayune reports St. Tammany Parish assistant district attorney Nick Norieo told a state judge he will not seek the death penalty John Claiborn Willis, 25.
In February Willis who lived with his parents Helen and Lewis Willis in Slidell entered a plea of not guilty on the reason of insanity.
In March at a sanity hearing Judge Raymond Childress found Willis competent to stand trial.
On November 15 Willis beat his parents to death by hitting them with a hammer after his parents told him to take "adult responsibilties" and do his housework chores.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reports after Willis killed his parents he allegedly threw away the murder weapon along the road near his home, hid the blood stained clothes in a drainage ditch half a mile away and returned to his home to fake a robbery. He later returned to his home with a friend and acted surprised at the gruesome crime scene.
Willis has been in a St. Tammany Parish prison since November since he was arrested on two counts of first degree murder. His bond is at $1 million dollars.
News sources Lake Charles American Press, The Times Picayune and Associated Press.