Christian-Newsom Slayings: State now seeking death for all four suspects

By: Brian Gregory, Rob Pratt
By: Brian Gregory, Rob Pratt

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) Knox County prosecutors have made it official. At a hearing this morning they filed death notices against Lemaricus Davidson and George Thomas.

Prosecutors also withdrew motions against both men for hair samples so they could attain DNA samples. They plan to get a search warrant to achieve the same result.

With the death notices filed today, prosecutors will now seek the death penalty against all four suspects in the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

Prosecutors have previously filed death notices against Letalvis Cobbins and Vanessa Coleman.

Also today, attorneys for Thomas filed a request for a speedy trial, asking that his trial be held before the other three suspects. Prosecutors plan to try Cobbins first, and his trial isn't set until next year. A hearing is set for April for a judge to rule on the motion.

All four are charged in a 50+ count indictment describing the brutal rape and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in January of 2007, inside a home on Chipman Street in Knoxville. The two had been headed to a party with friends when they were carjacked.

Another man, Eric Dewayne Boyd also faces federal charges for allegedly sheltering Davidson after the murders. Although his trial will be first, he does not face murder charges and prosecutors have not said he was involved in the killings.

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  • by Rudy Location: Brandon, ms on Mar 18, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    Whomever is defending these animals should fry too! The justice system is a joke. These four attackers should be brutally assaulted, then murdered. A quick death is a luxury for them. Good thing God is forgiving, because these people would fry for eternity if I had anything to do with it...
  • by Mary Location: Ohio on Mar 13, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    I have followed this from day one. I hope they all fry! What those poor kids endured is beyond words. My prayers go out to the families. I don't take the death penalty lightly, but in this case it is well deserved. It's too bad they won't suffer like Channon & Christopher did. My thoughts are with the families, may God give you some peace.
  • by Carol Location: TN on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:51 PM
    Am I as a taxpayer in the state of Tennessee not only paying for these criminals upkeep but their new hairdos. How do they have the right to ask for anything??? Let's give them what they gave out. Now that I think about it who is paying for their lawyers. I would turn in my law license before I would defend anyone of them. They knew what they were doing was wrong and that didn't stop them. NOW LET THEM HAVE IT!!!!!!
  • by Pedestrian on Mar 7, 2008 at 12:00 PM
    Wow. Too bad the victims didn't have lawyers and such before they were murdered... This is absolutely ridiculous. This should not have gone as long as it already has...
  • by Ann Location: Oak Ridge on Mar 7, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    They deserve the death penalty, they won't have to suffer like their victims did is the only bad thing.
  • by Friends of the Family Location: Maryville on Mar 7, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    Even though this is good news, my prayers are still with both families through this hard time of going over and over what happened. Even though the criminals will get what they deserve it still wont fill the hole in each of these families heart. Everyone please continue to pray for the Christian's and Newsome's. May God be with you all through this time and forever. "May his grace be sufficient." We love you all!!!!


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