Christian-Newsome Murders: Eric Boyd Wants Trial Moved

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- A man accused of helping one of the suspects in the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom hide wants his trial moved.

Eric Dewayne Boyd's new attorney, Phil Lomonaco, has filed a court document asking that the trial be moved out of East Tennessee, or a jury be brought from another district to East Tennessee to hear the case.

Lomonaco cites the extensive coverage of the case by the news media as the reason he's requesting the change.

Boyd has pleaded not guilty to charges he helped Lemaricus Davidson hide from police, although he allegedly knew Davidson and several others committed a carjacking that resulted in the death of Christian and Christopher Newsom.

Boyd could face 15 years in prison when he stands trial, now set for February 4th.

Lomonaco replaced Richard Gaines as Boyd's attorney in September when Gaines withdrew from the case citing irreconcilable differences between the two.


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  • by Jacqueline Location: knoxville tn on Oct 22, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    Chris and Christians back ground have nothing to do with this case.He is on trial not them!Im sick and tired of the criminals having more rights than the victims.Everyone involved in their murders should get the death penalty regardless of how they were involved.Whether it was the actual murderer or hid facts that covered for the murderers.An eye for eye!Theyll never get what they deserve in our justice system,but thank God he is their vendicator,and they cant hide.To their families,I know nothing can take the pain away,but know that you have many praying for you and your families.
  • by dyan Location: knoxville on Nov 16, 2007 at 03:40 PM
    I am sure the trial will be fair since all evidence points at Eric Boyds Guilt, he should have thought about fair when he hid that guy, I would never let someone come in and stay at my house if they told me that they had done something like that, I read what those pigs done to those two people, and they deserve the same thing, ITS ABOUT TIME JUST PUNISHMENT IS SERVED FOR CRIMINALS LIKE THAT! not to spend 30,000 a year to keep them fed and warm!
  • by Katie Location: Knoxville on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    Being a friend of Channon's and reading her guest book. People all over the world know about it. Like United Kingdom and London. I don't think it will make a big difference of where it is. Also Channon and Chris didn't have a FAIR chance to live so why should they have a FAIR chance at a FAIR trial !?!
  • by Chris on Nov 15, 2007 at 05:05 AM
    The crime was done in Knoxville and the trial should be held in Knoxville. There is not one shred of evidence he would not get a fair trial. The newspapers have bent over backwards to not let the news over play the happenings that led to the death of those two innocent young people. Like the previous writter. This was a hate crime and should be procecuted that way.
  • by JoJo Location: corryton on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:39 PM
    Boyd chose to live here thus Knox County is where he should face the people for his actions.
  • by ZoSo Location: Misty Mountain on Nov 14, 2007 at 07:03 PM
    Release the hood rats downtown and let their "peers" administer the DeCon. Simple, effective and cost efficient. Justice on a budget. And this Lomonaco must be a piece of work...
  • by Carol Location: Tennessee on Nov 14, 2007 at 03:21 PM
    Did Channon and Chris have a fair trial? Enough said. Who cares about these convicts, they will never get what they deserve. That is a proven fact, THEY ARE ALL STILL BREATHING!!!!
  • by coco Location: k'ville on Nov 14, 2007 at 03:01 PM
    I am of mixed ethnicity and it is apparent even to me that this is a hate crime! I doubt you'll see sharpton or Jackson down here advocating for the victims families however. True equality means equal culpability, equal responsibility. Time to be the men and women of pride and honor who don't use our skin as an excuse or a hiding place!
  • by Olivia Location: De Haviland on Nov 14, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    Eric Boyd deserves to die the way those poor kids did. He knowingly hid a murder suspect!! Eric's lawyer, Phil Lomonaco is just as bad... caught in the projects looking for cocaine a few years ago.
  • by Ann Location: Oak Ridge on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:59 PM
    These criminals have been spoiled apparently, he should be told too bad, this is where the crimes were committed, deal with it. you get the same choice these kids were given, NONE!! At least you aren't grieving over dead family members like the victims families. I hope these losers are found guilty and spend the rest of their misersable lives in jail, where they can't hurt anyone else.
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