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Torture-slaying sentence: Death for Davidson (Christian/Newsom Murderer)
Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | October 30, 2009 | Jamie Satterfield

Posted on 10/30/2009 12:14:25 PM PDT by abb

KNOXVILLE - A Knox County jury this afternoon sentenced convicted torture-slaying ringleader Lemaricus Davidson to death by lethal injection for the January 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

The jury of five women and seven men deliberated about four hours before returning its decision to a packed courtroom.

“The punishment is death,” the jury foreman said.

The victims' families gasped at the verdict, but Davidson showed no reaction. Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner admonished those in the courtroom to control any outburst.

“The murder was especially heinous, atrocious and cruel,” the foreman said, reading from the verdict form.

Davidson, 28, most likely will be taken to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville where death row is housed. Some male inmates, however, are incarcerated at Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg for security reasons. Two inmates with the death penalty are currently housed at that prison.

The jurors this morning heard closing arguments in the penalty phase of this 11-day trial before getting a final round of legal instructions from Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner.

Prosecutor Takisha Fitzgerald told jurors Davidson killed Christian, 21, a University of Tennessee student and her boyfriend Newsom, 23, to save his own neck.

"The only thing Chris had left was the knowledge of who his attacker was," Fitzgerald said. "(Davidson) took everything else. The only thing (Channon) had left was the knowledge of who her attacker was."

Defense attorney Doug Trant asked jurors to spare Davidson's life, noting the abuse he suffered and the foster parents who still love him.

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(Excerpt) Read more at knoxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: animal; barbarians; channonchristian; christian; christophernewsom; crime; diversity; lemaricus; lemaricusdavidson; newsom; tennessee; urban
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1 posted on 10/30/2009 12:14:25 PM PDT by abb
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To: abb

It will be interesting to see who steps forward to suggest that somehow the defendant doesn’t deserve it. BTT.


2 posted on 10/30/2009 12:15:46 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: abb
Death is too good for him.

And I love the line about being an abused child, foster parents, blah blah blah. Can't folks see through that? I thought that kind of sympathy-grabbing ploy had been widely discredited.

3 posted on 10/30/2009 12:16:10 PM PDT by I Buried My Guns
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To: abb
Defense attorney Doug Trant asked jurors to spare Davidson's life, noting the abuse he suffered and the foster parents who still love him.

Lol, and we wonder why this country is being flushed down the sh!tter.
4 posted on 10/30/2009 12:17:20 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: abb

http://www.wbir.com/news/breaking/story.aspx?storyid=103206&catid=29
DEATH: Davidson jury recommends death sentence for Christian/Newsom murders


5 posted on 10/30/2009 12:17:55 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: All

This piece of crap is gonna die a lot quicker and less painfully than his victims (may both of them rest in peace).

For a crime of this nature, the only real punishment is the death penalty.

I just wish there was a way to make him feel the horror and pain that his victims did.


6 posted on 10/30/2009 12:18:30 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: abb; wardaddy

Along with the Wichita Horror, this is probably the most horrible American crime the MSM ever decided the sheeple should NOT hear about.

You have to dig into local news even to find a mention.

Reverse the races, and it would be Rodney King times the Duke lacrosse team to the Nth power in the MSM.


7 posted on 10/30/2009 12:18:55 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: abb

Good.


8 posted on 10/30/2009 12:19:08 PM PDT by livius
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To: abb

The jury’s back. They just gave him the death penalty. Two more trials to go...


9 posted on 10/30/2009 12:20:07 PM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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To: Travis McGee
Along with the Wichita Horror, this is probably the most horrible American crime the MSM ever decided the sheeple should NOT hear about. You have to dig into local news even to find a mention.

Correct. However, they can't quite keep it covered up thanks to blogs and the internet. Many, many people are following the trials.

10 posted on 10/30/2009 12:21:00 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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A lot was made of race on the Internet, but prosecutors and police have said race was not a factor, contending the carjacking that led to their deaths was random.

Yeah, right.

Switch the races of perps and victims and "prosecutors and police" would be squawking at the top of their lungs like a flock of mynah birds: "Hate Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Crime!"

But in this case, it is more likely that the Southern Poverty Law Center will bestow the "Hate Group" label on the JURY.

The vile pieces of human garbage who participated in and/or committed this crime should ALL be executed, regardless of their "race".

11 posted on 10/30/2009 12:22:19 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Travis McGee

Found it at Wikipedia...


12 posted on 10/30/2009 12:22:44 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: abb

On Thursday, two women who offered Davidson a better life as a teenager asked the jury to spare his life.

“Foster mother Flo Rudd and group home mother Alice Rhea told jurors Davidson was worth saving despite the fact that he turned to robbery and, ultimately, murder despite their efforts to rescue him from a troubled upbringing.

“He’s my son,” Rhea said. “I love him. HE HAS SUCH POTENTIAL. If you put him in a structured environment, he does everything he should. I think he can be an influence to young men for years to come.””

After reading of the utter barbarity of what this monster did to the victims, it is hard to imagine what his “potential” might be.


13 posted on 10/30/2009 12:23:24 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: abb
Death by lethal injection? Will that be after he is tortured for 72 hours?
14 posted on 10/30/2009 12:23:37 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: abb

great. deny appeals and get it done. the sooner he and his accompices are off the face of the earth,the better.


15 posted on 10/30/2009 12:23:39 PM PDT by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: Travis McGee

Re: news blackout, you got that right. Can you imagine the uproar that would have followed if the races were reversed? Even apart from any racial aspect, this story should have been covered just because of the exceptional level of violence and depravity. Such crimes are rare so that is all the more reason the “news” media should be on it.

As far as this slime getting the death penalty I am relieved. It doesn’t bring those kids back but it gives the families what they wanted. His time on death row presumably will be more harsh than it would be in regular prison. He has plenty of solitary time now to think of how he got there. If he is so smart and had such potential, as his foster family says, then he might just be regretting his actions now.


16 posted on 10/30/2009 12:24:11 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: abb
How long before the Hollywierdos go on Letterman demanding “Free Lemaricus”?
17 posted on 10/30/2009 12:24:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Brave amateurs....they do their part.)
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To: abb

We hear lots about Mathew Sheppard and James Byrd but nothing about this case. I wonder why?


18 posted on 10/30/2009 12:25:21 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: abb
Defense attorney Doug Trant asked jurors to spare Davidson's life, noting the abuse he suffered and the foster parents who still love him.

That would have melted my heart and got the tears a'runnin. So glad I wasn't on the jury.

19 posted on 10/30/2009 12:25:25 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: abb

The sooner the better for the rest of us!


20 posted on 10/30/2009 12:25:52 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: abb
Lemaricus Davidson and his Posse. Cut off Christopher Newsom's penis, set him on fire, shot him before doing horrific things to Channon. And we are supposed to feel sorry for this pig getting the death penalty! People have souls, but some people act like damn animals.
21 posted on 10/30/2009 12:26:32 PM PDT by discipler (How's that 'hope and change' working for 'ya? - RL)
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To: truthguy

The press is not interested in the truth.


22 posted on 10/30/2009 12:27:00 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: discipler

23 posted on 10/30/2009 12:28:39 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: abb

I yearn for the old days of immediate hanging or being shot after a trial...


24 posted on 10/30/2009 12:29:01 PM PDT by Infidel Heather (In God I trust, not the Government.)
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To: abb

Did the words HATE CRIME ever come up in the trial?


25 posted on 10/30/2009 12:29:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: MplsSteve
I just wish there was a way to make him feel the horror and pain that his victims did.

Barring a miracle of repentance, he will. And it'll last far longer.

26 posted on 10/30/2009 12:29:07 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: wiggen
great. deny appeals and get it done. the sooner he and his accompices are off the face of the earth,the better.

Great idea. The way to get this story on front page news coast to coast would be to expedite the execution.

27 posted on 10/30/2009 12:29:19 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: abb

If you put him in a structured environment, he does everything he should. ... I think Death Row is kind of structured.. He should do GOOOOD


28 posted on 10/30/2009 12:29:38 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: discipler

Even the judge warned them against using the death sentence (”because of the costs”).


29 posted on 10/30/2009 12:30:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: abb

He got off easy, if you ask me...


30 posted on 10/30/2009 12:30:34 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Hoodat
Death by lethal injection? Will that be after he is tortured for 72 hours?

"I was supposed to use sodium pentathol?? Oops! I thought the instructions said sodium hydroxide!"

31 posted on 10/30/2009 12:31:15 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: LeonardFMason

This wasn’t a “robbery gone wrong”. It was an abduction, torture, rape, and murder case. The stolen vehicle was soon ditched. Theft was not the motive.


32 posted on 10/30/2009 12:31:19 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: abb

Every once in a while somebody comes down the pike who actually deserves that South African practice called necklacing. All these perps fit the bill.


33 posted on 10/30/2009 12:32:08 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: abb

We are in a low intensity - as measured statistically, not savagery - race war. We have been for some time. It will not end well for today’s aggressors.

Not well at all.


34 posted on 10/30/2009 12:33:34 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (What did you think NEW WORLD ORDER meant? The Constitution? States' rights? Individual liberty?)
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To: abb

And by the time 2035 rolls around, the sentence might actually be carried out!!


35 posted on 10/30/2009 12:34:32 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: LeonardFMason

“If you put him in a structured environment, he does everything he should.”

He’s about ready to be in a real structured environment. A box six feet under. Plenty of structure there.


36 posted on 10/30/2009 12:34:48 PM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: abb

A hate whitey crime the MSM is afraid to talk about.

Bastards.


37 posted on 10/30/2009 12:37:43 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Call the NFL and welcome their new Commissioner, Al Sharpton.)
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To: LeonardFMason
After reading of the utter barbarity of what this monster did to the victims, it is hard to imagine what his “potential” might be.
38 posted on 10/30/2009 12:37:50 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Hoodat

Wish we could pour Drano down him like he did to the girl.


39 posted on 10/30/2009 12:38:22 PM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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To: TennesseeGirl

Drano? Or, was it bleach? Shoot. I forgot.


40 posted on 10/30/2009 12:39:43 PM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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To: LeonardFMason

I took a young man under my care when he was 16, gave him a place to live, helped him graduate from high school, even showed him how to look for a job. I helped him for 5 years.

If he had done what Davidson did, I’d want his lights put out. I’d consider him an evil bastard who wasted my time and took advantage of my help.


41 posted on 10/30/2009 12:39:57 PM PDT by EricT. ("Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government." -George Washington)
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To: LeonardFMason
After reading of the utter barbarity of what this monster did to the victims, it is hard to imagine what his “potential” might be.
42 posted on 10/30/2009 12:40:32 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: TennesseeGirl

Drano first and then water — and step way back.


43 posted on 10/30/2009 12:41:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Brave amateurs....they do their part.)
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To: nahanrac

I never saw this on the “news”...only learned about it on FR. Here’s how it ends.


44 posted on 10/30/2009 12:42:55 PM PDT by lilycicero (Gee...you don't have to be gay to have a HATE CRIME...isn't all murder hate crimes?)
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To: abb
Don't you love how whenever they have a scum-suckin', low-life, gutter-trash, piece of excrement... They dress 'em up all nice and pretty to make them look like they're a REAL person!

I think that whenever they put criminals on trial, they should be required to look EXACTLY the way they looked at the time of the crime! That would save a lot of taxpayer money, because the jury would make decisions a lot quicker!

45 posted on 10/30/2009 12:44:08 PM PDT by RogerWilko
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To: nina0113

Indeed. Vengence is MINE, I will repay, sayeth the Lord.


46 posted on 10/30/2009 12:44:42 PM PDT by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be RE-distributed?)
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To: TennesseeGirl

whichever,and i have no stomach to go back and read the details again. maybe chlorine with butane and light it up so he gets an idea of what hell is like.


47 posted on 10/30/2009 12:46:05 PM PDT by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: Travis McGee
And don't forget Jesse Dirkheising (spelling?) - the kid who was sexually tortured by 2 gay men and suffocated. His death happened approximately around the time of Matthews Shephered.

I wouldn't have never heard of young Jesse's death had it not been for Free Republic.

48 posted on 10/30/2009 12:49:22 PM PDT by 3catsanadog (If healthcare reform is passed, 41 years old will be the new 65 YO.)
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To: abb
A lot was made of race on the Internet, but prosecutors and police have said race was not a factor, contending the carjacking that led to their deaths was random.

I think that the fact that this wasn't "just a carjacking" and that gruesome things were done to each of the victims and the length of time they had them before they killed them are all indications of racial hatred. If it was just a carjacking, they would have forced the victims out of the vehicle and either shot them or just left them where they took the car.

49 posted on 10/30/2009 12:59:44 PM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: discipler

According to sources (Snopes and Wikipedia), Newsom’s penis was NOT cut off. The rapes did cause mutilation to both victims.


50 posted on 10/30/2009 1:06:53 PM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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