Skip to comments.Torture-slaying trial, Day 8: Jurors resume deliberations (MSM Refuses to use Hate Crime Label)
Posted on 08/25/2009 7:40:09 AM PDT by jessduntno
Torture-slaying trial, Day 8: Jurors resume deliberations By News Sentinel staff Posted August 25, 2009 at 9:11 a.m.
KNOXVILLE Jurors in the torture-slaying trial of Letalvis Cobbins resumed deliberations this morning.
The panel from Davidson County deliberated about seven and a half hours Monday, ending the day without a verdict before returning to the hotel where they have been sequestered for more than a week.
Testimony wrapped up Saturday with Cobbins, 26, taking the stand in his own defense.
Cobbins is accused of taking part in the January 2007 kidnapping, rape and slaying of Channon Christian, 21,and Christopher Newsom, 23. The young couple were carjacked while outside a Washington Pike apartment complex and then taken to a Chipman Street house where Cobbins brother Lemaricus Davidson lived.
Newsom was shot to death and left along railroad tracks near the house. Christian was left to suffocate to death in a trash can inside the home.
Cobbins has admitted raping Christian inside the house, although he testified Saturday that she offered him the oral sex if he could help ensure her freedom. Christian and Newsom did not know Cobbins, Davidson or their co-defendants, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman, who await trial.
If jurors convict Cobbins of first-degree murder, they will shift into a penalty phase in which they will consider evidence about whether he should be executed. Prosecutors will try to show his crimes are so heinous he deserves death, while defense attorneys will try to counter with mitigating facts.
Sixteen people were impaneled last week at the trials start. A woman juror, however, bowed out after Fridays graphic photographic evidence of the couples rape injuries. Fifteen jurors remain, but only 12 are taking part in the deliberations.
More details as they develop online and in Wednesdays News Sentinel.
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Poor woman was overcome by the sadistic animals behavior...this is one of the most brutal and heinous hate crimes in history...but no one is calling it that...this is an outrage...wonder why Eric Holder isn't talking about this to us cowards? Probably a very "teachable moment" for America...
I don’t get it. Where does the “hate crime” element come in? And also, since when are conservatives in favor of that classification in crimes?
“I dont get it. Where does the hate crime element come in? And also, since when are conservatives in favor of that classification in crimes?”
Where did I say I was in favor of it? When it is white on black, it’s called a “hate crime” when it’s black on white, as in this case, it isn’t...don’t bother to keep up and don’t put words in my mouth...and no, you don’t “get it” do you?
It's little social vignettes like this one, repeated over and over, that make social upheaval and Civil War more palatable to the common man on the street. Really now, what other recourse is there when it is open season on you and your family simply due to your skin tone?
Since the victims are white, this has gotten virtually NO mainstream media coverage.
“What have we heard from the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and others who rushed to judgment and outrage as they condemned whites in the cases of the “Jena 6” and Don Imus when he referred to the Rutgers ladies basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s”? Where were the national news media and public officials? You can bet the rent money that were the victims black and the perpetrators white, Knoxville would have been inundated with TV crews, with Jackson, Sharpton and other civil rights spokesmen and politicians from both parties condemning racism, possibly blaming it all on George Bush...”
- Walter Willams
They sprayed the inside of her mouth with bleach to destroy evidence of oral sex, wrapped her in the fetal position with duct tape, put her in a plastic bag and left her in the can to slowly suffocate.
I have absolutely no concern for the race of any of the people involved. For a crime like this, regardless of race, I would happily get out the needle-nose pliers, the Drano, and the electric drill with the concrete bit. If even one of these bastards ever sees daylight again, it should only be long enough to kiss their ass goodbye before they eat a .50 caliber slug.
“The panel from Davidson County deliberated about seven and a half hours Monday, ending the day without a verdict “
What’s taking so long?
What’s the racial make up of the jury?
Whats taking so long?
I'm guessing they are under a lot of pressure to come up with something that won't be "inflammatory."
“Whats the racial make up of the jury?”
Given the length of time they are spending on this verdict, I wonder what the Species make up is....
Your response is little different that the crime in question. Execute them quickly and humanely if the jury decides to, and do it knowing that the final justice is left to the Almighty.
Hate the crime, punish the criminal, enjoy neither.
They sure whitewashed the description of the crime in that story.
I read the other day that there are only 2 whites on the jury.
“Cobbins has admitted raping Christian inside the house, although he testified Saturday that she offered him the oral sex if he could help ensure her freedom.”
Adding insult to grievous injury, this POS demeans his victim once again by uttering this statement.
I hope he burns in hell.
He’ll probably get probation and community service.
The MSM dares not report (or identify) horrendous actions by blacks and other minorities (even if factually true and repetitive)because it would be profiling,and BECAUSE they are concerned with white awareness of how prevalent, nationally, the crimes are. This of course would lead to more white prejudice against minorities. (Go back to you trailer, Honky, we're saving you from yurselves./s)
“Whats the racial make up of the jury?”
NASHVILLE - A jury has been seated in the trial of torture-slaying suspect Letalvis Cobbins.
His fate will be decided by five black women, two black men, two white women, two white men and one Asian man.
It took only a few minutes for both sides to settle on four alternates. They are all male. One is black. Three are white.
The jurors will report to the Metro courthouse in Nashville on Sunday afternoon to be bused to Knox County, where they will be sequestered throughout the trial.
Earlier today, an attorney for Cobbins told jurors it was his brother and an uncharged buddy who killed Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.