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Memphis man admits 2nd killing

  |   July 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM
MEMPHIS, July 14 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man was sentenced to life in prison with no parole after he admitted killing an acquaintance and burning his body.

The hearing Wednesday ended the legal proceedings involving Dale Mardis, 57, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported. He is already serving a 15-year state sentence for the 2001 killing of Shelby County Code Enforcement Officer Mickey Wright and life for a federal hate crimes charge involving the Wright killing.

Mardis, an overweight man who appeared in court in a wheelchair, admitted he killed Henry Ackerman with a hammer during a 1998 argument. Ackerman, who had moved from Memphis to Baltimore, visited Mardis, an acquaintance from gun shows, on a trip back to Tennessee.

The bodies of Wright and Ackerman have never been found. Mardis said during a hearing in March he burned Wright's body in a 55-gallon drum on a friend's property in Mississippi.

"It is a bizarre, epic and tragic story," Tom Henderson, the prosecutor, said after the killing.

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