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  • Race violence alarms, before Zimmerman verdict

    07/11/2013 10:10:44 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | July 11, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    Questions raised about attacks that already are happening Al [Sharpton] and Jesse [Jackson] may worry that the acquittal of George Zimmerman will usher in a new era of white-on-black violence in America. After all, the local CBS affiliate is reporting that police officers already are training for violence. “There has been some talk among the officers that we believe that this training has to do with the fact that there might be some type of civil unrest, but we are hoping that that doesn’t happen,” said Javier Ortiz with the Fraternal Order of Police. The affiliate also said in Broward...
  • The Rape, Torture, Murder of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian, and the Zimmerman Trial

    07/08/2013 5:36:46 AM PDT · by kreitzer · 17 replies
    Seraphic Secret ^ | 7/3/2013 | Robert J. Avrech
    The George Zimmerman trial is a TV ratings bonanza. We are told that this is an important trial because… Well, because the liberal ruling class and the race hustlers who work in concert to Balkanize this nation—race, gender, religion, whatever works—tell us that this is a narrative about race relations in America. George Zimmerman is being cast as a post-modern Bull Connor. Forget that Zimmerman is dark-skinned and Hispanic. Ignore the inconvenient fact that Zimmerman mentored young black kids. Forget that it’s Trayvon Martin who was the racist, referring to Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker.” Barack Hussein Obama most helpfully...
  • Families are banned from wearing photo of the victims in courtroom during killer's retrial

    03/29/2013 4:05:46 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 8 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 3/27/13
    The families of a young couple who were raped and tortured to death have been banned from wearing buttons of the victims in the front row of the courtroom during one of the suspect's retrials. Senior Judge Walter Kurtz has ruled that if relatives of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, wear the badges, they must sit 'two or three rows' behind suspect George Thomas. If they do not wear the badges, which they have sported at numerous trials for the accused murderers in the past, they can sit at the front of the Knoxville, Tennessee courtroom. In previous...
  • Court won't take up Christian-Newsom retrial appeals

    04/13/2012 9:25:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via WATE-6 ^ | 4/13/12
    KNOXVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has said that it won't take up an extraordinary appeal involving a lower court's decision to throw out convictions in the murders of a Knoxville couple who was kidnapped and sexually tortured. Friday's split court decision is a setback for Knox County prosecutors who were hoping that they wouldn't be forced to retry cases heard by a judge who is said to have been high on prescription drugs.
  • DISGRACED JUDGE'S MISTRESS DEENA CASTLEMAN HEADED TO PRISON

    12/16/2011 1:58:33 AM PST · by Apogee · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | Jamie Satterfield
    One judge lied for her, had sex with her and shared painkillers with her. Another sent her to prison Wednesday. Knox County Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz ordered Deena Castleman, 37, to serve six years for a slew of convictions, including aggravated burglary, theft, DUI and possession of prescription painkillers. Castleman racked up all those charges while engaged in a relationship with former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner that included sex and both pill-procuring for him and pill-using with him, according to portions of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe made public earlier this month. At least one of...
  • Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner's drug-addicted downfall makes national spotlight

    04/05/2012 8:28:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 4/4/12 | SHEILA BURKE - Associated Press
    KNOXVILLE — A Tennessee judge was so addicted to prescription drugs during his final two years on the bench, he was having sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks, at times purchasing from convicts he had previously sentenced, an investigation found. His behavior has called into question many of the cases he presided over, including one of Knoxville's most notorious murders. Many people didn't realize Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner had a problem until he stepped down from the bench and pleaded guilty in March 2011 to a single count of official misconduct. It would be another eight months before...
  • Is this the real world?

    04/02/2012 9:35:19 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 1, 2012 | Ben Kinchlow
    Exclusive: Ben Kinchlow weighs in on Martin-Zimmerman issue, Iranian-Israeli crises I am sitting outside a coffee shop, having a cup of hot tea with my business partner. Lying on the table is my video-enabled iPhone with Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, iCal, email alerts and 1247 contacts with texting capability. Let us not forget news alerts from Fox and CNN, plus apps and email alerts from a couple of consul general offices and other news sources, including the Israeli GPO (government press office) and the Jerusalem Post. My partner and I have been busy resolving several issues, including the Iranian/Israeli crises. “Do...
  • Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner under federal probe

    03/24/2012 9:15:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/24/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner is now under federal probe, officials confirmed Friday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which spearheaded an investigation of the disgraced judge for violations of state law, is continuing its probe. This time, however, agents are working at the direction of federal prosecutors, spokeswoman Kristin Helm said. "The case remains open and ongoing, and TBI agents are continuing to investigate Baumgartner," Helm said in an email. "Specifically, we are looking at possible federal violations with the U.S. Attorney's Office." David Jennings, a supervisor with the Knoxville U.S. Attorney's Office, said he could "neither...
  • Judge rejects releasing TBI file of ex-judge Richard Baumgartner

    03/09/2012 10:52:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — A judge said today he has no authority to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's file on former judge Richard Baumgartner. "This court has no authority whatsoever to decide on its own, 'I'm going to let the public see this file,'" Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood said at a specially-called hearing in Knox County Criminal Court. Blackwood said the portions of the file not made public contain phone records and recorded conversations in which Baumgartner discusses sex with two women and makes "crude remarks" about people. "What you're not going to find (in the TBI file) is...
  • DA: Death penalty out in all but one of four torture slaying suspects

    03/09/2012 8:32:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    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,...
  • How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warnings

    02/12/2012 9:59:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/12/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Court of secrecy: How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warningsIt was a Thursday night in January 2010 when the phone rang at the Andersonville home of then-Knox County Sheriff's Office courtroom security officer Meredith Driskell. "He said, 'I'm coming to get those pills.' He told me to put them in a brown paper bag. I told him no ... but he told me I was going to," she recalled when contacted by the News Sentinel. "So, I put them in a brown paper bag and handed it to him, my husband, who hadn't been in...
  • Special judge grants new trials for torture-slaying defendants, cites Baumgartner's conduct

    12/01/2011 9:17:02 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    KNOXVILLE — A special judge today granted new trials for four defendants in the 2007 torture-slaying cases, agreeing with lawyers that presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner's conduct led to fundamental structural flaws in the prosecutions. Jon Kerry Blackwood, his voice at times rising to a shout, said Baumgartner was obviously intoxicated in 2009 and 2010 while Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman were being prosecuted.
  • Special judge grants new trials for torture-slaying defendants, cites Baumgartner's conduct

    12/01/2011 11:27:53 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 19 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | December 1, 2011 | News Sentinel Staff
    KNOXVILLE — A special judge today granted new trials for four defendants in the 2007 torture-slaying cases, agreeing with lawyers that presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner's conduct led to fundamental structural flaws in the prosecutions. Jon Kerry Blackwood, his voice at times rising to a shout, said Baumgartner was obviously intoxicated in 2009 and 2010 while Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman were being prosecuted. Baumgartner used defendants under his influence to procure pills to satisfy his habit, Blackwood said, citing a TBI investigation. He engaged in sex with one defendant, Deena Castleman, who helped him satisfy his...
  • Jury delivers death sentence to Davidson in torture slayings of couple in Knoxville

    10/30/2009 12:33:28 PM PDT · by libstripper · 29 replies · 1,864+ views
    The Dailytimes.com (Blount Co., TN) ^ | October 30, 2009 | The Dailytimes.com (Blount Co., TN)
    A Knox County jury delivered the death sentence this afternoon to the ringleader in the torture slayings of a young Knoxville couple following a carjacking. The same panel of seven men and five women who convicted Lemaricus Davidson, 28, in the 2007 attack on University of Tennessee student Channon Christian, 21, and her boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, decided his fate. Davidson was found guilty of more than 30 counts, including felony murder and premeditated murder of each victim. The jury had a choice of a life sentence mandating a minimum of 51 years in prison, life without parole with no...
  • Torture-slaying sentence: Death for Davidson (Christian/Newsom Murderer)

    10/30/2009 12:14:25 PM PDT · by abb · 88 replies · 8,048+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | October 30, 2009 | Jamie Satterfield
    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....
  • Torture-slaying sentence: Death for Davidson

    10/30/2009 12:27:55 PM PDT · by fujimoh · 13 replies · 821+ views
    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.
  • Man sentenced to death in Tenn. torture slaying

    10/30/2009 1:42:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 1,533+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | DUNCAN MANSFIELD
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder charges in the fatal carjacking of a couple on a date has been sentenced to death. The defendant, 28-year-old Lemaricus Davidson, showed no reaction Friday as jurors announced the death sentences for the murders of 21-year-old college student Channon Christian and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Newsom. Davidson was found guilty of abducting the couple in Knoxville during a 2007 carjacking by several armed men.
  • Tennessee: Case against torture slaying suspect goes to jury (No hate crime here)

    10/27/2009 10:46:05 PM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 10 replies · 689+ views
    www.timesfreepress.com ^ | 10-28-09 | Duncan Mansfield
    KNOXVILLE — The case against the alleged leader in the torture slaying of a young Knoxville couple went to the jury Tuesday with the defense trying to poke holes in a mountain of circumstantial evidence. Lemaricus Davidson, 28, faced 38 counts including kidnapping, theft, rape and murder in the January 2007 carjacking deaths of University of Tennessee student Channon Christian, 21, and her boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23. The counts were consolidated from an original 46. The state intends to seek the death penalty if he is convicted. The case has touched a racial nerve because the defendants are black and...
  • Tennessee Jury Lets Torturer-Murderer-Rapist Live, to Prey on Others

    08/28/2009 2:53:42 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 39 replies · 1,283+ views
    examiner ^ | August 28, 12:24 | SCOTUS Examiner Hans Bader
    Tennessee Jury Lets Torturer-Murderer-Rapist Live, to Prey on Others August 28, 12:24 Some juries are indulgent towards even the most vicious and plainly-guilty criminals. A Nashville jury just let a nightmarishly-evil torturer-murderer-rapist, Letalvis Cobbins, escape the death penalty in the rapes, torture, mutilation, and murders of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian. Now, he can spend the rest of his life raping and preying on vulnerable prison inmates, like first-time offenders. The jurors who blocked the death penalty may have mistakenly believed that they were sophisticated and progressive by rejecting the death penalty, but in truth, they were being cruel, since,...
  • Tennessee Jury Lets Torturer-Murderer-Rapist Live (Channon Christian/Chrisopher Newsom)

    08/28/2009 12:25:31 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 29 replies · 1,504+ views
    DC SCOTUS Examiner ^ | 28 AUG 09 1328 EST | Hans Bader
    Tennessee Jury Lets Torturer-Murderer-Rapist Live, to Prey on Others August 28, 12:24 PMDC SCOTUS ExaminerHans BaderPrevious Comment Print Email RSS Subscribe Subscribe Get alerts when there is a new article from the DC SCOTUS Examiner. Read Examiner.com's terms of use. Email Address Include other special offers from Examiner.com Terms of Use Some juries are indulgent towards even the most vicious and plainly-guilty criminals. A Nashville jury just let a nightmarishly-evil torturer-murderer-rapist, Letalvis Cobbins, escape the death penalty in the rapes, torture, mutilation, and murders of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian. Now, he can spend the rest of his life raping...
  • Cobbins gets life without parole [Channon Christian/ChristopherNewson murders]

    08/26/2009 4:50:21 PM PDT · by freespirited · 45 replies · 1,753+ views
    Oakridger ^ | 08/26/09 | Duncan Mansfield
    The first of four defendants in the carjacking, rape and murder of a young Tennessee couple has been sentenced to life in prison without parole by the same jury that convicted him of murder. The sentence for 26-year-old Letalvis Cobbins of Lebanon, Ky., was announced in Knoxville after less than three hours of jury deliberation Wednesday. Cobbins took a deep breath and then sat down after the jury foreman finished delivering the sentence. The jury convicted Cobbins on Tuesday in the January 2007 attack on 21-year-old Channon Christian and her 23-year-old boyfriend Christopher Newsom, both of Knoxville Earlier Wednesday Christian's...
  • Guilty verdict in black-on-white torture slayings (Remember ?)

    08/25/2009 7:36:06 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 29 replies · 1,679+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 25, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    The first of four alleged members of a black gang scheduled to be tried for murder for the torture-slayings of a young white couple has been found guilty on multiple counts by jurors in Tennessee. WND reported just days ago when the trial was begun for Letalvis Cobbins on counts of first-degree murder and others for the 2007 deaths of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Carjacking victims Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom The brutalized bodies of the victims showed evidence that the attackers had tried to destroy DNA evidence by dousing Christian with bleach and Newsom's body was burned beyond...
  • Torture-slaying trial, Day 8: Jurors resume deliberations (MSM Refuses to use Hate Crime Label)

    08/25/2009 7:40:09 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 110 replies · 2,461+ views
    News Sentinel ^ | 35 mins ago | staff
    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,...
  • Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

    08/22/2009 9:55:02 PM PDT · by eyedigress · 48 replies · 1,549+ views
    WATE Knoxville ^ | 8/22/09 | Cobbins
    This bastard murdered this young woman, and is accompliced to the murder of her boyfriend. It is now in the hands of the jury. 3 more are involved. It is a sad place to acknowledge. I stayed quiet until this trial was over. The anger is real.
  • Horror in Knoxville update: Trial begins

    08/21/2009 6:49:20 AM PDT · by SonnyBubba · 77 replies · 2,750+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | August 18, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Longtime readers will remember Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, the young couple brutally murdered in a racially-charged case in Knoxville, TN in 2007. My archives on the case are here. The trial of the first defendant Letalvis Cobbins began yesterday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports:
  • Trial Under Way in Racially Charged Carjacking, Rape and Murder of Knoxville Couple

    08/19/2009 12:11:11 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 119 replies · 5,990+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/18/09 | Unknown
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Trial is under way in Knoxville for the first of four people charged in the kidnapping, rape and killing of a young couple more than two years ago. As court convened Monday, the judge read each of the 38 counts against 26-year-old Letalvis Cobbins. His attorney, Scott Green, responded by entering pleas. Green said his client pleaded guilty to five counts of facilitating robbery or theft in the carjacking that set the crimes into motion in 2007. He also pleaded guilty to one count of rape. To the remaining counts, Green responded "not guilty." Cobbins — of...
  • Guilty: Carjack/slayings suspect's lawyer admits he facilitated murders (Christian & Newsom murders)

    08/17/2009 8:54:05 AM PDT · by RabidBartender · 22 replies · 1,086+ views
    knoxnews.com ^ | August 17, 2009 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE - Letalvis Cobbins is already confessing guilt to facilitating the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. During the routine reading of the indictment this morning, defense attorney Scott Green declared Cobbins guilty of the lesser charge of facilitating the January 2007 slayings. The move comes as no surprise. That's part of the plan by Cobbins' defenders to try not to spare him a prison term. They're trying to save his life.
  • Horror in Knoxville update: Trial stalled for one year

    07/14/2008 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 11 replies · 222+ views
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | 7/14/2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Horror in Knoxville update: Trial stalled for one year By Michelle Malkin • July 14, 2008 02:56 PM It must be maddening for the families of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. I know you haven’t forgotten the young couple brutally murdered in a racially-charged case in Knoxville, TN. I haven’t, either. The latest? Justice delayed in the trial of suspect George Thomas:
  • Victim's father: 'One down, four to go' { Channon Christian & Christopher Newsom }

    04/16/2008 9:18:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1,775+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel | 4/16/8 | Jamie Satterfield
    The parents of a young couple brutally murdered after a January 2007 carjacking expressed relief this afternoon, while the attorney for Eric Dewayne "E" Boyd said he would appeal the verdict of a federal jury that found Boyd guilty of being an accessory to the carjacking. "One down. Four to go," said Gary Christian, father of Channon Christian, referring to the four suspects who face trials in state court for the killings of Channon, then 21, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Christopher Newsom. "We do this for Channon," said Channon's mother, Deena. "We've been through the worst. We and the Newsoms...
  • Boyd videotape: Carjacking couple caught up in escape from drug dealers; Thomas was killer

    04/14/2008 12:57:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 723+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/14/8 | Jamie Satterfield
    Accused accessory to carjacking suspect Eric Dewayne "E" Boyd claims he has no personal knowledge of the slayings of a young couple, but he offered up details of the crime anyway in a videotaped statement to police. In the interview with Knoxville Police Department Investigators Patty Tipton and Greg McKnight played today in U.S. District Court, Boyd insisted everything he knew about the fatal carjacking came from Lemaricus "Slim" Davidson, the alleged carjacking ringleader whom he is accused of helping to hide out. According to Boyd, Davidson, his brother and a friend needed a vehicle because they were being pursued...
  • Court seeks color-blind jury - Prequalifications begin today in Boyd case to weed out racial bias

    04/07/2008 7:52:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 73+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/7/8 | Jamie Satterfield
    Raise your hand if you are a racist. The question put to potential jurors today in U.S. District Court likely won't be that blunt, but the aim is the same: Ferret out anyone who cannot be color-blind when deciding the fate of accessory to fatal carjacking suspect Eric "E" Boyd. It is an unusual inquiry in what U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan is already foreseeing as an uncommon method to seat an impartial jury in an inflammatory case involving a headline-grabbing crime and a resulting racial firestorm. Boyd is standing trial beginning today on charges he helped hide Lemaricus "Slim"...
  • Hiding Black Interracial Crimes

    12/26/2007 4:37:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 185+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2007 | Walter E. Williams
    If you're like I am, you've heard scores of media reports about the 2006 Duke University rape case, in which three white lacrosse players were falsely accused of raping a black stripper at a wild party at the home of one of the team members. These guys, convicted by the news media and Duke faculty, were later found innocent. It turned out that Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was running for re-election. In seeking the black vote, he concealed DNA evidence that would have exonerated the lacrosse players. You might remember hearing scores of stories about the 1998 murder...
  • National Media's Refusal to Cover White Couple's Murder (snopes confirms)

    12/15/2007 12:46:58 PM PST · by restornu · 243 replies · 305+ views
    Snopes ^ | May 2007 | Plus Matthew Sheffield
    OK, so let's create a level playing field here. I have not even heard of this on CBS, ABC, NBC or any of the cable news services, even FOX NEWS. OR in any of the Newsrags or other publications. Read this and weep. Bet you $20 you did not hear this on the national news. The animals pictured below car-jacked, then raped Christopher Newsom, cut off his penis, then set him on fire and fatally shot him several times while they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to watch. An even more cruel fate awaited her! Channon Christian, was beaten...
  • Accessory in fatal carjacking wants trial moved out of Knox {Christian/Newsom murders}

    11/14/2007 10:30:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 648+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/14/7 | Jamie Satterfield
    A man accused of helping hide out the alleged ringleader of a fatal carjacking is asking a federal judge to move his trial out of Knox County.Attorney Phil Lomonaco filed late Tuesday a motion on behalf of Eric Dewayne "E" Boyd asking that his upcoming trial on federal accessory to carjacking charges be held in another county.Boyd is accused of helping hide out Lemaricus Davidson in the days following the carjacking, kidnapping, rape, torture and deaths of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in January.Davidson is charged with three other suspects in Knox County Criminal Court with the slayings and related...
  • New charges filed against man accused of connection to double murders ( Newsom-Christian murders)

    09/01/2007 9:48:06 AM PDT · by processing please hold · 16 replies · 626+ views
    The News Station ^ | August 29, 2007
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- New charges have been filed against a man connected to the carjacking, rapes and murders of a young Knoxville couple earlier this year. Eric Boyd is now charged with being an accessory to a carjacking that resulted in death. Boyd was previously charged with being an accessory after the fact. The new indictment accuses Boyd of knowing about the deaths of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom before aiding one of the suspected killers and not reporting the murders. The couple was murdered in early January. A woman and three men, Vanessa Coleman, Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins and...
  • What is a hate crime?

    06/14/2007 11:13:10 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 41 replies · 1,072+ views
    chicago tribune ^ | 10, 2007 | Howard Witt
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- What happened to Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, a young Knoxville couple out on an ordinary Saturday night date, was undeniably brutal. The two were carjacked, kidnapped, raped and finally murdered during an ordeal of unimaginable terror in January. < snip > But whether the attack was a racial hate crime worthy of national media attention is another question, one that has now ignited a fierce dispute over the definition of hate crimes and how the mainstream media choose to cover America's most discomfiting interracial attacks. < snip >Country music star Charlie Daniels, who lives 150 miles...
  • No conspiracy, just another heinous crime - Media didn't try to cover up black-on-white murders

    06/12/2007 10:37:18 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 36 replies · 2,051+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 12, 2007 | MARY MITCHELL Sun-Times Columnist
    What happened to Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, is almost too horrible to contemplate. The Knoxville, Tenn., couple fell victim to four crazed young criminals during a carjacking. The perpetrators allegedly kidnapped Christian and Newsome and brutally raped both of them before killing them. Newsom was shot, his body burned and dumped beside the railroad tracks. Christian was strangled and left in garbage bags. This heinous crime occurred in January. But it wasn't until recently that the tragedy has been talked about outside of blog posts on the Internet. Maybe that wouldn't have been the case had people...
  • 'Hate Crimes' and Double Standards

    05/30/2007 8:51:27 PM PDT · by AmericanExceptionalist · 13 replies · 860+ views
    National Journal ^ | 5/29/07 | Stuart Taylor
    Consider three criminal cases. No. 1: Christopher Newsom and his girlfriend, Channon Christian, both students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, were carjacked while on a dinner date in January, repeatedly raped (both of them), tortured, and killed. His burned body was found near a railroad track. Hers was stuffed into a trash can. Five suspects have been charged. The crimes were interracial. No. 2: Three white Duke lacrosse players were accused in March 2006 of beating, kicking, choking, and gang-raping an African-American stripper, while pelting her with racial epithets, during a team party. No. 3: Sam Hays bumped...
  • Committee votes to ask group to cancel rally

    05/22/2007 7:56:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1,050+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/22/7 | REBECCA FERRAR
    The balance between "repugnant" speech and First Amendment rights divided a Knox County Commission committee Monday. Commissioners split 6-2, with one abstention, on a resolution asking the ABC Group to cancel its proposed June 16 rally, which will protest black-on-white crime in the wake of the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Five black suspects have been charged in connection with the death of the young white couple. "We have had a carjacking, kidnapping and horrendous double murder," Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert said at Monday's Intergovernmental Committee meeting, and he said racially charged protests don't need to be added...
  • Trial dates set in carjacking-murders {Channon Christian/Christopher Newsom murders}

    05/17/2007 1:07:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 63 replies · 3,801+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/17/7 | JAMIE SATTERFIELD
    State prosecutors today announced there would be separate trials for each of four suspects in the fatal double-carjacking case of a young couple in North Knoxville. Surprisingly, the suspect considered by federal authorities to be the ringleader, Lemaricus "Slim" Davidson, 25, will be third in line, not first. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price told Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner that the state planned to try Davidson’s brother, Letalvis "Rome" Cobbins, 24, first. Baumgartner set a May 12, 2008, trial date after defense attorney Kim Parton said that the state has not yet turned over the bulk of...
  • Dozens of New Charges in Double Murder Case Announced

    05/10/2007 4:16:22 AM PDT · by txlurker · 81 replies · 3,152+ views
    WVLT ^ | Last Updated: 11:40 AM Feb 8, 2007 | WVLT
    Knoxville (WVLT) - The District Attorney General of Knox County announced the list of charges facing now five suspects in the double murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. The District Attorney General Randy Nichols is not saying whether or not he will seek the death penalty, but he does say the state will seek conviction for all charges filed in a 24-page indictment from the Knox County Grand Jury. Lemaricus Davidson, 25, faces a total of 46 charges. Davidson was indicted on 16 counts of Felony Murder growing out of rape, robbery kidnapping and theft of Channon Christian and...
  • Murder in Black and White

    05/04/2007 11:06:06 AM PDT · by Verax · 13 replies · 1,933+ views
    Town Hall dot com ^ | 05/04/2007 | Mark Alexander
    Murder in black and whiteBy Mark M. AlexanderFriday, May 4, 2007 "Equal and exact justice to all men..." --Thomas JeffersonChannon Christian and Christopher Newsom were described by family and friends as a "clean-cut and faithful couple -- good kids." Channon was a senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she met Christopher. She and Chris went out on a Saturday dinner date, after which Channon called her mom and told her that they were on the way to visit friends. But Channon and Christopher never arrived at their friends' house -- or returned home. The next day, the...
  • TN: Bill would allow deadly force against carjackers

    02/15/2007 9:05:56 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 27 replies · 800+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/14/07 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- Spurred by violent crime in Memphis and elsewhere, Tennessee legislators have filed several bills to expand the legal rights of people to use deadly force when threatened by would-be attackers. One would specifically allow people in motor vehicles to kill or "cause serious bodily injury" to attackers -- both inside or outside the vehicle -- who they believe are threatening to murder, rape, kidnap, rob or carjack the car's occupants. That bill was filed Rep. Ulysses Jones and Sen. Reginald Tate, both Memphis Democrats. "I've heard a lot of support for this. It's time to give citizens the...
  • Four suspects charged with murder in Knoxville double Slaying

    04/06/2007 9:17:19 AM PDT · by Verax · 54 replies · 4,065+ views
    WATE Knoxville ^ | February 1, 2007 | Sonu Wasu
    February 1, 2007KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Four suspects, including a woman arrested in Kentucky Wednesday night, are now facing murder, rape and kidnapping charges in the double slaying of a young Knoxville couple.But the location of the carjacking that began the series of charges in the investigation and why it happened is still being kept quiet.The suspects were indicted Thursday in Knox County, separate from the federal charges some of the men already face relating to the carjacking. The rape charges involve both murder victims, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.Lemaricus Davidson faces 46 counts including felony murder, premeditated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and theft.Letalvis Cobbins faces 46 counts including...
  • Four men charged in Knoxville double murder investigation

    02/07/2007 8:11:12 PM PST · by Eagles6 · 22 replies · 3,192+ views
    WATE 6 ^ | January 12, 2007 | Sonu Wasu and Adam Longo
    Four men are charged in connection with the double murder of a young Knoxville couple who was carjacked on a date. A Knoxville police spokesman says all four suspects are being held on federal charges related to the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23. However, none of the four have been charged with the killings. click to enlarge All four men were arrested Thursday. They are: Lemaricus Davidson, 25, Eric DeWayne Boyd, Letalvis Cobbins, 24, and George Thomas. Lemaricus Davidson was in federal court in Knoxville Friday morning. He faces three charges in connection with the murders...
  • The Truth About Who Suffers And about who inflicts the suffering.

    04/11/2007 6:12:45 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 9 replies · 877+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 11, 2007 | Jack dunphy
    It may seem like ancient history now, but it was only a year ago that we were first subjected to the media circus that was the so-called and now-dropped Duke Rape Case. For months thereafter, you couldn’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the television or radio without learning some new tidbit about the accused lacrosse players, even as their accuser remained shrouded in mystery. Today we know there was no rape and now not even a case at all, but even in those early days it was apparent enough that there were glaring problems with the accuser’s story...
  • Suspects plead not guilty to killing couple on date

    01/19/2007 2:52:53 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 20 replies · 970+ views
    CNN ^ | 19 Jan 07 | AP
    KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Two suspects in a case in which a young couple out for a date were carjacked and killed pleaded not guilty in federal court as prosecutors described their long criminal history. Lemaricus Davidson, 25, and Eric Boyd, 34, were arraigned separately. Davidson was charged with carjacking and firearms charges, and Boyd with being an accessory after the fact to the carjacking. Family members of victims Channon Christian, a 21-year-old University of Tennessee student, and her boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, wept as details of the carjacking and killings less than two weeks ago were recounted. The couple...
  • Marshal: Man shot, burned; woman raped

    01/11/2007 4:34:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 52 replies · 10,307+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/11/7 | Matt Lakin and Don Jacobs
    Investigators believe Channon Christian was held hostage and raped repeatedly for several days before being killed, a federal marshal said today. The news came on the same day that authorities captured three men sought for questioning in her death and that of her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom. Authorities believe she and Newsom were abducted after a weekend carjacking in North Knoxville that ultimately led to both their deaths, said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Rich Knighten of the Western District of Kentucky. "They did some really nasty things to this lady," Knighten said. Newsom was shot and his body burned, Knighten said....