Christian-Newsom Murders: Trial for one carjacker moved to 2009, others could follow

By: Brian Gregory, Kim Bedford
By: Brian Gregory, Kim Bedford

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The first man set to go to trial in connection with the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom won't go to trial until next year.

A Knox County judge reset Latalvius Cobbins' murder trial to January 26th of next year.

Prosecutors have said Cobbins will be tried first. Unless they change their minds, the other suspects Vanessa Coleman, Lemaricus Davidson, and George Thomas will probably not go to trial until sometime next year.

That will likely mean, Eric Dewayne Boyd's federal trial for allegedly being an accessory to the fatal carjacking that led to the deaths of Christian and Newsom, will be the first trial help in the double murder case.

Boyd does not face murder charges, but could face 30 years in jail if convicted.

Also today, prosecutors announced they will seek the death penalty against Venessa Coleman.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford is in the courtroom awaiting more developments.

Stay connected to Volunteer TV News and volunteertv.com for continued coverage of this developing news story.


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  • by Mike Location: Pittsburgh PA on Dec 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    Unbelievable! The State of Tennessee can prove the guilt of these MONSTERS beyond a reasonable doubt. They have DNA evidence, incriminating recorded conversations, and statements by the defendants implicating one another (no surprise, cowards always turn on one another). What are we waiting for? These MONSTERS are going to hell, and I would like to speed the trip.
  • by Scot K Location: Atlanta on Nov 3, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    I'm from Knoxville, I can't believe there isn't JUSTICE back home! Total crap! Haul em' outta jail and let the people of Knoxville take their own JUSTICE our on those worthless animals.
  • by Ricky Lahey Location: 420 Tenn. on May 17, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    The "accused" have likely been living off "taxpayers" their entire lives. I am willing to wait and make sure that each of the "accused" get a "fair" trial; so that the results of the trials will not have to be overturned later. It would not upset me if; the "accused" are sentenced to DEATH if convicted. I belive the world would be a much better place if that sentence was carried out. One could never do to these "accused" what was done to Channon and Christopher; because they Channon and Christopher are two very beatiful, lovely innocent people; and the persons that hurt them are not.
  • by Jesse Location: Altoona PA on Feb 28, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    Please stop using the term "carjacking" to describe the crime or the perpetrators. The car was immediately discarded. The targets were the victims, the goal was to obtain pleasure by raping and torturing them to death.
  • by Charles Location: Carolinas on Feb 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    This is insane to delay this so far in the future. How many years will have passed before these murders go to trial??
  • by j davis Location: ohio on Feb 20, 2008 at 02:14 PM
    In the meantime I assume the taxpayers will be feeding and clothing these vermin!
  • by James Location: California on Feb 18, 2008 at 11:54 PM
    What a travesty this case has been. Guess Tennessee is the place to commit heinous crimes. Heck, nobody does anything about it.
  • by BOB Location: KNOXVILLE on Feb 15, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    TO PROTECT THE GUILTY AND PUNISH THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS THAT IS WHAT OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM STANDS FOR THE JUSTICE SYSTEM FORGOT ALL ABOUT CHANNON & CHRIS THIS JUDGE SHOULD HOLD HIS HEAD IN SHAME
  • by Jim Location: Morgan County on Feb 14, 2008 at 03:55 PM
    This is infuriating. These vile killers will live off the taxpayers dime the rest of their miserable lives and in the meantime their victims' families have to wait even longer for the case to be resolved. The judge has sentenced the families to purgatorial torment and kissed on the cheek the killers of two youngsters. For shame.
  • by Tammy Location: Knoville on Feb 14, 2008 at 02:07 PM
    You know this makes me so angry that our justice system is allowing the victims family too continue this tragic event over n over again, instead of giving them the same treatment they gave Channon & Chris! They deserve nothing..no delays..not getting their hair did 4 trail...It makes me sick!! I love the Christian Family & they need JUSTICE 4 their daughter...This is SOOOOOOOOOO wrong to put them through this painful delaying trail!! This judge needs to be awakened....Us as the public need to come together 4 Channon & Chris's Families toward the justice system, to let them know what they are doing is totally WRONG..
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