More Evidence As Christian-Newsom Murder Suspects Appear In Court

By: Rob Pratt
By: Rob Pratt

Knoxville (WVLT) -- They stand accused of one of the most disturbing crimes in recent memory.

On Thursday, the four suspects in the car-jacking and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were back in court.

Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman appeared before the judge to learn about the latest development in the case.

Attorneys for the four suspects were supposed to have all of the state's evidence by now, but on Thursday morning, new evidence was still pouring in, causing a delay.

Accused murderer George Thomas was the first of four to enter the courtroom.

He was followed by Lemaricus Davidson, Vanessa Coleman and Letalvis Cobbins.

One at a time, each suspect heard the latest developments in the case.

It was supposed to be the deadline for the state to provide all evidence to defense attorneys, but the prosecutor still needs more time.

“We received two more banker's boxes yesterday afternoon from the federal authorities,” said Attorney General Randy Nichols. “We have been most diligent in our discovery efforts, but it is voluminous."

With two boxes of evidence ending up in prosecutor's hands just yesterday, none of the four defense attorneys made any objections to the state's request for more time.

Judge Richard Baumgartner set the new deadline to January 10.

That will fall exactly a year and three days after a railroad worker found Chris Newsom's body along the tracks between Ninth and Cherry Streets.

It would be another two days before Channon Christian’s body was found two blocks away in a rental home on Chipman Street.

Once defense attorneys receive the evidence they will begin filing motions.

DNA evidence is expected to play a role in the case and defense experts will have plenty of work ahead of them.

While the judge had no problem extending the discovery deadline, he made it clear that he wants the trials to take place on the current schedule if at all possible.

Cobbins trial is set to go May 12th followed by Davidson’s on May 19th, Coleman’s on June 16 and Thomas’s on August 11, 2008.

One of the suspects was arraigned on a new charge this morning.

Davidson now faces charges in a separate robbery case.

The state has filed a motion to have that case consolidated with the murder trial.

Davidson's lawyer said he would need time to respond to that motion.

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  • by Bryan Location: Montgomery on Nov 2, 2007 at 01:03 AM
    That district attorney in Knoxville has to be one gutless scumbag to not have filed death penalty charges. Why in the world do the people in Knoxville put up with this idiot? Where is Nancy Grace and the rest of the liberal news media. The non-coverage of this crime creates more racial hatred than anything else. It has normally law-abiding citizens rolling their eyes on overreported white-on-black crimes, and that is sad. Leonard Pitts, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson try to turn this hate-crime angle around on whites by saying you are a selfish racist to label this a hate crime. Just imagining what happened in those final hours makes me physically and emotionally sick and pray for retaliation. Take that for what it sounds.
  • by ckb Location: texas on Oct 24, 2007 at 04:53 PM
    These monsters will probably end up in jail on our nickel.Jackson and Sharpton aren't around because it doesn't help their cause themselves.God will sort them out.
  • by kelly Location: new jersey on Oct 15, 2007 at 07:28 AM
    You are correct in stating that no one seems to know about this outside of those concerned. I have been following this case and it breaks my heart every time I find a new piece of information. Where are Jesse and Al? That pair of poverty pimps are busy shaking down some other poor fool who can gain them money or attention. They aren't about justice-just money. I pray for those two children every night and for their families too. All we can hope for is that the justice system works in this case. But even so, I take some comfort in the fact that God will know exactly what to do with this batch of monsters. There is no forgiveness for this because there is no right to forgive evil. I hope the four of them all rot in hell.
  • by vincent Location: new york on Oct 12, 2007 at 01:50 PM
    where are rev. al and jesse jackson? where is the national news coverage?
  • by suzanne Location: east hanover.nj on Oct 12, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    How come we have heard nothing of this case in other news areas? My son is a student at UT and that is why I know. No one in nj knows about this, yet the Duke and Jena 6 are all over the news as well as Imus!
  • by Rhonda Location: Clinton on Oct 12, 2007 at 09:13 AM
    Why wait - everybody knows they are guilty - just hang'em all!!
  • by Darrell Location: Knox on Oct 11, 2007 at 11:30 AM
    Hang'em all Randy, what are you waiting for?


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