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Convicted Airman Sentenced to Death

October 13, 2005

MACON, Ga. (AP) _ An airman was sentenced to death Thursday for killing a fellow airman and his wife at their home at Robins Air Force Base.

Airman Andrew Witt, 23, an avionics specialist, was convicted last week by the same military jury for the 2004 murders of Senior Airman Andrew Schliepsiek and his wife, Jamie. The couple was found stabbed to death in their duplex.

Witt was also convicted of attempted murder in the stabbing of a visitor at the home, Staff Sgt. Jason King.

Family members on both sides cried as the jury read its decision. Witt, who had pleaded a day before for the jury to spare his life, was visibly shaken but did not address the court.

Under military law, the conviction and sentence will be appealed automatically.

Prosecutors said Witt killed the couple after they threatened to report that he had made a pass at Jamie Schliepsiek and had an affair with an officer’s wife.

There are currently eight military inmates on death row. The last military execution was in 1961.

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