MEMPHIS, Tenn. Michael Wayne Howell, already facing a death sentence in Oklahoma, drew a second death sentence Wednesday for a Memphis slaying.
His girlfriend, Mona Lisa Watson, got a second sentence of life in prison. Both are 29 and had lived in Memphis.
They were found guilty Tuesday of fatally shooting Memphis convenience store clerk Alvin Kennedy, 60, during a robbery early Nov. 2, 1987. Jurors chose their punishment Wednesday.
Howell has a death sentence in Oklahoma for gunning down a Tinker Air Force Base sergeant about 9:20 p.m. Nov. 2, 1987. Watson has a life sentence for that killing.
Sgt. Charlene Calhoun, 23, was murdered outside a friend's Del City apartment because Howell and Watson needed her car after they ran low on gasoline on the drive from Memphis, prosecutors said.
Howell and Watson have said they hope to marry once their trials are finished. They were admonished by their Memphis trial judge for whispering to each other in court.
They still face murder charges over the death of another store clerk in Memphis Nov. 1, 1987. Defense attorneys are seeking a new trial for Howell in Oklahoma because one juror has reported a sheriff's deputy made improper remarks to jurors.
Police say the couple began a cross-country robbery and killing spree Nov. 1, 1987, that ended 28 days later in a shoot-out with police in Panama City, Fla. They were in Calhoun's car when they were captured.
Howell has a 25-year sentence in Florida for attempted murder and resisting arrest. Watson has a 15-year sentence.
Defense attorney Larry Nance said Watson will begin her life sentence in Tennessee after she finishes her prison sentence in Oklahoma. She is expected to appeal.
An appeal of the death penalty is automatic.
Howell moved to Memphis after his release from a Wyoming prison in May 1987 following an eight-year sentence in the robbery-slaying of an elderly motel clerk. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 401925