Update: Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders *Vanessa Coleman convicted again for the facilitation of kidnapping & murder of Channon Christian*


Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

Archive: Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders
16 witnesses take stand in Day 1 of Vanessa Coleman retrial
Witness: Vanessa Coleman declined trip home before Chipman Street slayings
Jury hears Coleman 2007 grand jury testimony about murders
Witness places Coleman at scene the weekend of Christian’s murder
Prosecutors rest case; Coleman retrial resumes Monday
Coleman awaits verdict
Jury convicts Vanessa Coleman in facilitation of kidnapping, murder of Channon Christian
Jury verdict form
Vanessa Coleman found guilty in 13 of 17 counts in Christian-Newsom case


Vanessa Coleman during the verdict

Update: Channon Christian and Chris Newsome murders *Vanessa Coleman retrial begins*

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Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

Archive: Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders
Coleman trial under way in Knox County
Vanessa Coleman retrial gets underway
Witness testimony begins in trial against Vanessa Coleman
Defense attorney: Vanessa Coleman under ‘dominion’ of boyfriend when young couple killed


Vanessa Coleman

Documentary: The murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

This little documentary was done a while ago, but it is very good and gives the basics of the case and things that have happened since.

Verdict being read in the Vanessa Coleman torture-murder trial

OK, it is what I expected. She has been found not guilty for all charges concerning Chris Newsom, but guilty of facilitation of murder for all charges with Channon Christian. And a theft charge too (for the ForeRunner). So, I don’t believe she is facing the death penalty now. But I think she can spend the rest of her life in prison. Sad, but it looks like she and her lawyers are smiling and laughing about this at the defense table. They may believe she got off easy, but not really. She still has lots of guilty verdicts and will be in prison for a very long time. The judge CAN sentence her to consecutive sentences making it impossible for her to ever be a free person again.

Breaking News: Verdict reached in the Vanessa Coleman torture-murder trial

I am sorry that I have not posted throughout this trial, but I have been watching it. I will post a full post tonight on this. The verdict should be announced in about 15 minutes, and I will post that verdict when it is announced.

Update: Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders *George Thomas convicted; receives LWOP*


Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

Third down, one more (Vanessa Coleman) to go. I wish George Thomas had also received the death penalty. I have a feeling that Vanessa may get convicted, but she won’t get the death penalty either. But at least George Thomas will never be in the free world again.

Jury picked to hear George Thomas’ double murder trial
George Thomas’ double murder trial, day 1
Update: Murder victims’ mothers testify in George Thomas trial
George Thomas’ double murder trial, day 2
George Thomas double murder trial, day 3
George Thomas double murder trial, day 4
George Thomas double murder trial, day 5
George Thomas double murder trial, day 6

George Thomas double murder trial, day 6
Third of four Christian-Newsom suspects convicted of first degree murder
JURY: George Thomas GUILTY of all charges
Man Declines Testimony At His Sentencing Hearing
3rd convict in Tenn. slayings gets life in prison
Jury gives George Thomas life without parole
Jury Sentences George Thomas To Life In Prison
Ky. man sent to prison after sentenced to life
Convict in Knoxville torture case moved to Nashville prison


George Thomas during his trial

Update: Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders *Lemaricus Davidson sentenced to death!*

Couple Slain

I will do a real update this weekend, but I just want to announce that Lemaricus Davidson was sentenced to death today. JUSTICE SERVED today! The jury recommended death for all 4 counts of homicide. Funny thing, as with the Cobbins sentencing hearing, those who came to *defend* Davidson, left yesterday and were not there today. That is very telling indeed!

**UPDATE FRIDAY EVENING**
Lemaricus Davidson has been transferred to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution this evening and is now on death row.

Update: Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders: GUILTY of felony murders for both victims!

Couple Slain
Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

JUSTICE!

The jury foreman is reading the verdict right now and so far he has been found guilty on all charges. There are I believe 46 charges, and they are only on 16, so far, all guilty! I will update this afternoon. I believe he is death penalty bound at this point.

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Lemaricus Davidson during the trial

Update: Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders *Trial of Lemaricus Davidson; Day 8 – Verdict Watch*

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Lemaricus Davidson during his trial

I am sorry I have not been updating this everyday. I have watched the entire trial and it was very interesting. I thought the Prosecution put on a good case, especially closing arguments. I do not think the Defense did well, but probably the best they could with what they had to work with. In my opinion, one of their witnesses (can’t remember her name) lied. Plain and simple. Her story does not sit well for me. She said she saw Chris and Channon at the Exxon and they were begging for gas money, even though Chris had just withdrawn $100 from his bank account and both of them had money in their individual accounts. The defense also tried to vilify the victims, which they should know does not bode well with juries. And no way did the jury believe them. It was outrageous. Even insinuating at one time that maybe the rape of Channon was consensual sex (not said in those words, mind you). When the medical examiner had to identify photos of the victims injuries, several jurors cried and one held her hand over her mouth. The photos were not shown on camera, but I can only imagine how bad they were from the descriptions. The jury has the case now and I am hoping they will be back with GUILTY verdicts this afternoon. Right now, my thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones. This had to have been so hard on them. It is outrageous that they had to defend their children on the stand, but that is what the defense made them do. But now, may justice be served.

First day of Davidson trial over
Lemaricus Davidson trial, day 2
Lemaricus Davidson trial, day 3
Lemaricus Davidson trial, day 4
Lemaricus Davidson trial, day 5
Davidson’s decision deadline is Monday
Prosecution;”What we want is justice for those kids” (Fitzgerald’s closing arguments were overwhelming; left me crying and more determined to want justice done)
Closing arguments to continue Tue ahead of jury deliberations
Jury begins deliberations in Davidson trial
Jury gets Davidson case

Update: Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders *Jury is now deliberating in the Letalvis Cobbins trial; VERDICT: GUILTY*

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Letalvis Cobbins in court

Carjack/slaying trial, Day 5: Prosecution rests, jury could deliberate Saturday
LIVE BLOG: Day 5
LIVE BLOG: Day 6
Deliberations to begin Monday in couple’s kidnapping, rape, slaying
What to look for in Cobbins verdict
Cobbins trial day 6: Jurors will begin deliberations on Monday
Torture-slaying trial, Day 7: Jurors end deliberations today without verdict
LIVE BLOG: Jurors finish day with no verdict in Cobbins’ murder trial
Torture-slaying trial, Day 8: Jurors reach verdict
LIVE BLOG: Cobbins guilty of 1st deg. murder, most other counts; eligible for death penalty

Cobbins on the stand

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