Sunday, December 11, 2011
Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, were a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were both raped, tortured and murdered after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007. Their vehicle had been carjacked. Five suspects were arrested and charged in the case. The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on counts of murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape and theft. Three of those arrested, Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson and George Thomas, have been convicted on multiple charges including several counts of felony murder. After a jury trial Lemaricus Davidson was sentenced to death by lethal injection and Letalvis Cobbins and George Thomas were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Vanessa Coleman has been convicted of facilitating the crimes and sentenced to 53 years in prison, and Eric Dewayne Boyd has been convicted of federal charges as accessory after the fact to carjacking and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
On December 1st, 2011, new trials were granted to the defendants due to drug abuse by the presiding Judge.
Chris was my nieces' uncle. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but from what I hear, he was a wonderful person. His life was ended way too soon in a horrific way. What they went through is something that no one should ever have to experience. Their families got justice, and now the justice system is taking that away and making them go through those trials all over again.There is a petition going to try to prevent this retrial. I don't know if it will help, but it can't hurt to try right?
Here is the link to the petition:
Posted by Kayla English at 12:01 PM