Family Slaying-Sentence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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

On Saturday, Ellington was convicted 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, and later claimed his wife killed the boys and he then killed her.

Berna Ellington was a water quality scientist for the Department
of Natural Resources.

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