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Jury seated in case of murdered Kingsport couple

Becky Campbell, Johnson City Press • Feb 6, 2018 at 9:28 AM

In what technically was the fourth day of jury selection in a double-homicide death penalty case, a panel of 16 Carter County residents was seated to hear evidence in the two-week trial.

Eric James Azotea, 46, of Johnson City, faces two counts of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and two counts of abuse of a corpse in the January 2015 deaths of Amber Terrell, 22, and Arthur Gibson Jr., 36, both of Kingsport.

The two disappeared in early January 2015, and their last known location was in the area of Azotea’s residence in the Pinecrest community of Carter County, police said.

A four-month investigation by law enforcement agencies in Sullivan County and Carter County ended with parts of the couple’s bodies being found in the crawl space of Azotea’s home, investigators have said.

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