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.