DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Jurors in DeKalb County have sentenced
31-year-old Clayton Jerrod Ellington to death after convicting him
of murder in the hammer-slayings of his wife and twin 2-year-old
Ellington was convicted on Saturday of murdering 31-year-old
Berna Ellington and the couple's sons, Christian and Cameron, at
the family home near Lithonia on May 17, 2006. The same jury
sentenced him to death on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said Ellington had wanted out of the marriage
because of a new girlfriend.
Ellington called police to the home, first claiming he had found
all three bodies. He later changed his story, claiming his wife
killed the boys and he then killed her.
Berna Ellington was a water quality scientist for the Department
of Natural Resources.