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DA: Death penalty out in all but one of four torture slaying suspects
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield

Posted on 03/09/2012 8:32:59 AM PST by SmithL

It's official.

Death is no longer a possible fate for three of four defendants in the January 20007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple.

Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price has filed notice of an intention to seek the death penalty as punishment in the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, only against alleged ringleader Lemaricus Davidson.

Price this month notified attorneys for Davidson's brother, Letalvis Cobbins, and Cobbins' friend, George Thomas, that he will push for a fate in their cases no more than life without possibility of parole. Because Cobbins' girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman, was acquitted of a direct role in the deaths, Price hasn't filed a notice of punishment sought in her case.

The move comes after a special judge ordered up new trials for all four defendants in the wake of a prescription pill abuse scandal involving the judge who once presided over the case. The pleadings filed by Price seem to settle the question of whether retrials might serve up a second shot at death as punishment for all four defendants.

Jurors chosen from two different counties rejected death as punishment in the cases of Cobbins and Thomas at their trials, presided over by Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner in 2009. A jury for fourth defendant Coleman also was chosen from outside Knox County and acquitted Coleman of any direct role in the slayings of Christian and Newsom.

Davidson, on the other hand, inexplicably sought a jury from Knox County, where upset over the killings ran high. He was sentenced to death.

Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, who presided over all four trials, admitted last year that he, too, was a criminal addicted to prescription painkillers.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Tennessee
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Security staff escort Lemaricus Davidson inside Knox County Criminal Court for a motions hearing on Friday. Davidson's attorneys were unsuccessful in their argument to prevent testimony from two witnesses to a robbery Davidson is alleged to have committed a day after the January 2007 killings of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

1 posted on 03/09/2012 8:33:06 AM PST by SmithL
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; TSgt; TennesseeGirl; Travis McGee; cva66snipe; fujimoh; jessduntno; eyedigress

Disgusting!


2 posted on 03/09/2012 8:35:12 AM PST by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: SmithL

The judge should be shot for messing this case to feed a habit.


3 posted on 03/09/2012 8:37:17 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: SmithL

If I hear one more time that “killing these criminals isn’t going to bring those victims back”....GRRRR!!!!


4 posted on 03/09/2012 8:38:31 AM PST by gimme1ibertee (If you want to kick a tiger in the ass, you better have a plan for dealing with his teeth.)
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To: SmithL

After what happened to the victims, I would suggest death is the only punishmement good enough for those pieces of human debris.

http://www.wate.com/story/10968229/medical-examiner-describes-victims-torture-in-cobbins-trial?redirected=true


5 posted on 03/09/2012 8:41:16 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: SmithL

This makes me sick.
If anyone needs a recap on this sickening murder, here it is.
Warning, pretty brutal what these 2 suffered.

Crime

According to news reports, Christian and Newsom had gone on a date at a local restaurant on Saturday, January 6, 2007, but did not return home. During their night out, the couple was carjacked, bound and blindfolded by three males, and “taken back to Lemaricus Devall ‘Slim’ Davidson’s rented house on Chipman Street.”[6]

Christian’s parents found her abandoned Toyota 4-Runner two blocks away from the Chipman Street house the following Monday with the help of her mobile phone provider. An envelope recovered from the vehicle yielded fingerprint evidence that led police to Lemaricus Davidson and 2316 Chipman Street. When police went to the address on Tuesday, January 9, they found the home unoccupied and Christian’s body in a trash can in the kitchen.

According to the testimony of the Knox County Acting Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan at the subsequent trial of Eric Boyd, Newsom was repeatedly sodomized with an object and then blindfolded, gagged, arms and feet bound and his head covered. Barefoot, he was either led or dragged outside the house to a set of nearby railroad tracks. He was shot in the back of the head, the neck, and the back, and his body then set on fire.

Channon’s death came only after hours of sexual torture, medical examiner Mileusnic-Polchan testified. Channon suffered horrific injuries to her vagina, anus and mouth. She was not only raped but savaged with “an object,” possibly a broken chair leg, the doctor testified. She was beaten in the head. Some type of chemical was poured down her throat, and her body, including her bleeding and battered genital area, likely scrubbed with the same solution - all while Channon was alive, the forensic expert said. She was then “hog-tied,” with curtains and strips of bedding, her face covered tightly with a small trash bag and her body stashed inside five large trash bags before being placed inside a large trash can and covered with sheets. Channon died slowly, suffocating, the medical examiner said.[7]


6 posted on 03/09/2012 8:43:25 AM PST by sunny48
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To: SmithL
These filthy savages should have been executed a LOOOOONG time ago...'security staff for the PRISONER..?'

I'd be looking the 'other way'...

7 posted on 03/09/2012 8:46:49 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SmithL

This is all part of Derrick Bell’s Critical Race Theory; a certain amount of violent crime is acceptable for Eric Holder’s people because it gives them the opportunity to get even with non-Eric Holder’s people.


8 posted on 03/09/2012 8:49:36 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: SmithL

Death should be the lightest sentence they get.

I would feed them to pigs. Piece by piece. In front of each other.

I might need some headphones - and a cleaver.


9 posted on 03/09/2012 8:50:53 AM PST by Eldon Tyrell (question,.)
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To: gimme1ibertee
People who get themselves involved in torture murders are just bad news.

They will almost certainly kill someone else in prison ~ a white collar criminal, a doper, a guard, a visitor ~ someone. You cannot trust them. If the other prisoners have any sense of self-interest and safety you'll see them killing these people off anyway.

10 posted on 03/09/2012 8:52:24 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: gimme1ibertee
Just like to add that the people who will be killed in prison are going to be INNOCENT. The jurors have condemned them to death nonetheless.

When you let someone like this get away without execution you, yourself, are participating in a killing of someone you don't even know, but someone who certainly didn't deserve to die.

11 posted on 03/09/2012 8:56:14 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: SmithL

Our society is no longer capable of handling its criminals either formally or informally. These clowns are beyond evil.


12 posted on 03/09/2012 9:00:30 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: muawiyah

I’ve always had a problem with mixing violent perps with nonviolent convicts. Keeping non-violent cons away from violent ones would probably save the system millions of dollars, because you don’t need the same guard-prisoner ration and you can get by with without the same amount of surveillance, not to mention they would likely stay non-violent once they got out.


13 posted on 03/09/2012 9:03:52 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Savage criminals like these require barbaric punishments that fit the crime.


14 posted on 03/09/2012 9:10:36 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: SmithL

A pack of rabid animals.

These are not human beings.

Why is there even a question of whether or not they get the death penalty.

The strangest thing if the one does get the death penalty he has to receive it in civil way so that he doesn’t suffer.

I say to all women who may get raped orally, bite the damned thing off. The animal will probably kill you anyway at least take a piece of him with you.


15 posted on 03/09/2012 9:24:28 AM PST by Venturer
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To: DarthVader

They need to be destroyed. I always think of the following quote whenever I read of judicial and social ineptitude: “There comes a time in the history of every people when the become so pathologically soft and tender that they actually side with those elements of their society that harms them; i.e. criminals.”-A great historian 1888


16 posted on 03/09/2012 9:34:11 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

“They need to be destroyed.” You bet and I was just talking about what you stated with somebody at the office. Drawing and quartering or being fed to hungry grizzly bears is the prescription for these vermin.


17 posted on 03/09/2012 9:44:25 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: SmithL

Let’s hope BEFORE they die, they are repeatedly raped, sodomized, tied up & beaten, suffocated, and have hot liquids poured on their privates.


18 posted on 03/09/2012 9:49:17 AM PST by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: SmithL; All

If you’re in the area today (Fri, March 9, 2012), there is a Channon and Chris Memorial Fund Concert at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $10/person will ALL funds going to Chris and Channon’s parents for ongoing costs. There will be a full bar and restaurant open. The band, Southbound, will be playing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please come out and show your support to the families in this ongoing nightmare.


19 posted on 03/09/2012 9:59:26 AM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: DarthVader
“They need to be destroyed.”

Eggactly!

Someone needs to sit down with the judge and DA and tell them, "When the criminal justice system seems imperfect, don't be suprised when the private citizens take it upon themselves to enact imperfect justice".

20 posted on 03/09/2012 10:19:26 AM PST by DCBryan1 ("Forget the lawyers, FIRST kill the journalists!"- Die Ritter, die "nee" sagen)
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To: SmithL

The cruel and unusual punishment in this case is making the families of the victims sit through a series of new trials.


21 posted on 03/09/2012 10:22:01 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: SmithL

I am having trouble saying anything that wouldn’t be considered extremely racist.

Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23 were innocent kids who had the right to live... these POS sure as hell do not.


22 posted on 03/09/2012 10:43:05 AM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: SmithL

Is this being appealed? Is there a new trial?

I guess I am asking if there is any hope these semi-humans will get what’s coming to them.


23 posted on 03/09/2012 10:43:52 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: Eldon Tyrell

Feed these savages to the pigs? To fast. Stake ‘em out over an ant hill, apply liberal honey and let the little ant guys have at it. Might take days for these the bastards to die............


24 posted on 03/09/2012 11:05:07 AM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it doesn't get any better than that!)
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To: SmithL

A disgrace that all four aren’t going to be executed and a greater disgrace that the family of the victims have to endure a second trial!


25 posted on 03/09/2012 11:21:34 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: Gator113

This should be made into a television movie, but Hollywood won’t touch it with a 100 foot stick because it goes against their agenda.

People need to be weary and alert to surroundings and what is going on. Being armed is also not a bad idea.


26 posted on 03/09/2012 11:23:06 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Eldon Tyrell
A and a
27 posted on 03/09/2012 11:24:48 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Sage advise and I am ALWAYS armed.


28 posted on 03/09/2012 11:46:35 AM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: SmithL

Thugs who raped, tortured and murdered the young couple.

29 posted on 03/09/2012 12:28:17 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: SmithL; All
Mileusnic-Polchan at the subsequent trial of Eric Boyd, Newsom was repeatedly sodomized with an object and then blindfolded, gagged, arms and feet bound and his head covered. Barefoot, he was either led or dragged outside the house to a set of nearby railroad tracks. He was shot in the back of the head, the neck, and the back, and his body then set on fire. Channon's death came only after hours of sexual torture, medical examiner Mileusnic-Polchan testified. Channon suffered horrific injuries to her vagina, anus and mouth. She was not only raped but savaged with "an object," possibly a broken chair leg, the doctor testified. She was beaten in the head. Some type of chemical was poured down her throat, and her body, including her bleeding and battered genital area, likely scrubbed with the same solution - all while Channon was alive, the forensic expert said. She was then "hog-tied," with curtains and strips of bedding, her face covered tightly with a small trash bag and her body stashed inside five large trash bags before being placed inside a large trash can and covered with sheets. Channon died slowly, suffocating, the medical examiner said.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Channon_Christian_and_Christopher_Newsom

Channon Gail Christian and Christopher Newsom

30 posted on 03/09/2012 12:49:41 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: All

Paragraph above should begin with ‘According to the testimony of the Knox County Acting Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan...’


31 posted on 03/09/2012 12:54:56 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: SmithL

If Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom had been black and their killers white, everyone in America would know their names. Because they were white and their killers are black, the media covered it up. It was only through the internet that the Knoxville masacre came out.

I sincerely hope they get done to them in prison what they did to this young couple.


32 posted on 03/09/2012 1:09:06 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: SmithL

Bastards. And by that I mean the animals that did it, Judge Baumgardner and the spineless DA.


33 posted on 03/09/2012 1:19:39 PM PST by tnlibertarian (Selfishly stealing other people's witticisms for taglines since 2002.)
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To: tnlibertarian; All

Here’s a link to the partial TBI file on the good Judge that was released for all to see. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/270260-the-redacted-tbi-file-on-former-judge-richard.html


34 posted on 03/09/2012 2:27:53 PM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: SmithL
I've lived either in Knoxville or in a nearby county for all of my life. This is the worse murder I can remember in this area in my 50 plus years. This tops Zoo Man, the Lilylid family whom was murdered, the mother and daughter in Union county that was murdered, the Job Corp murder, all of these were done by cold blooded killers. The man "West" I think is his name who took part in the Union County murders is next up for the needle.

Neither Christian nor Neusom did nothing to deserve the brutal torture that lasted many hours. They were carjacked in a neighborhood that used to be safe years ago. This was a planned out murder/torture and they knew where too grab a victim.

I want to know why a Special Judge and a Prosecutor let Baumgartner get away with one of the most outrageous criminal acts done by a sitting judge in the history of this state? I don't trust the ones prosecuting the cases coming up nor do I have any confidence in the Judge which will be the same who let Baumgartner have a slap on the wrist.

This is an outrage and not one person in office in Tennessee in the state courts or justice system has brought any action against those who gave Baumgartner the Stay out of Jail deal. He needs to be locked up with the ones he convicted.

The ones I feel sorry for are the parents of the couple. GOD Bless them and give them strength. One of the dads didn't look like he was gonna make it through the first trials. Now thanks to a corrupt judge they must live that hell again while Baumgartner draws a pension for life. Where else but in government.

35 posted on 03/09/2012 4:53:39 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: muawiyah
People who get themselves involved in torture murders are just bad news. They will almost certainly kill someone else in prison ~ a white collar criminal, a doper, a guard, a visitor ~ someone. You cannot trust them. If the other prisoners have any sense of self-interest and safety you'll see them killing these people off anyway.

One of the convicted in this case {I can't remember which one} was first assigned to a medium security prison until one of the victims parents got wind of it and he got moved. The way the system in Tennessee works is the put the convict in a holding/processing facility for a month or two so their behavior can be monitored and risk assessed. IOW behave a few days and get a medium or minimal security facility never mind the severity of the crime. That part is not factored in.

36 posted on 03/09/2012 5:05:11 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: FreeAtlanta; Gator113
People need to be weary and alert to surroundings and what is going on. Being armed is also not a bad idea.

About 24 years ago I worked nights at a all night store in the neighborhood they were taken in. Even back then I carried. A few months after I left the job the store across the road got hit and a clerk killed in broad daylight.

My nephew works a few blocks from where the torture/murders took place. One night a while back I had to go pick him up at work real late at night. I did not like where I was at I'll tell you that and took all precautions needed. The area the actual murder happened in has been bad news since the early 1970's. The distance from the neighborhood they were carjacked to neighborhood at the murder scene was likely less than 2 miles and on back city streets.

37 posted on 03/09/2012 5:22:21 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cva66snipe
"One of the convicted in this case {I can't remember which one} was first assigned to a medium security prison until one of the victims parents got wind of it and he got moved."

That was Cobbins. Latalvis Cobbins. Brother (1/2 brother?) of Lemarcus Davidson.

38 posted on 03/10/2012 7:12:33 AM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: SmithL

such a nice young man....


39 posted on 03/10/2012 12:25:33 PM PST by cherry
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