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Unicoi County double murder suspect appears in court

Photo credit: L. Owens/WCYB

The man police say killed his girlfriend's two daughters Wednesday appeared in court Thursday morning in Erwin, Tennessee.

Clyde William Banner is charged in the murders of 34-year-old Donna K. Jones, and 29-year-old Amy B. Jones. Police said Banner borrowed a shotgun from his girlfriend's sister and used that in the killings.

Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said after Banner shot the two women, he called their mother and told her he had shot her daughters.

A witness said Banner fled in his truck. Banner used his credit card in Madison County, North Carolina, which alerted authorities.

A Madison County deputy was in an accident during the pursuit, but he is okay.

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