A jury of nine women and three men found Marcus Wade guilty on several counts Thursday in the October 2010 deaths of two Winchester men who had been identified as police informants. 43-year-old Wade of Winchester was found guilty in Coffee County Circuit Court of two counts of first-degree felony murder, two counts of first-degree felony premeditated murder and one count of especially aggravated robbery in the murders of 50-year-old Ricky Elliott of Estill Springs, and 34-year-old Timothy Wayne Gill of Winchester. He had been sentenced to life without parole and will be transferred from the Coffee County Jail as soon as a cell in a state prison is made available. After the sentence was handed down, he was returned to the county jail to await transfer. Elliott and Gill were murdered as they lay in their beds on Oct. 30, 2010, at a motel on North Jackson Street in Tullahoma, where they had been living for about a month. Wade looked straight ahead as the verdict was read. The jury deliberated for five hours over two days before reaching the verdict. Prosecutors brought forth a string of witnesses who either placed Wade at the scene of the crime, or who said he had spoken to them about the murders.
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