Jury chosen in first case related to Christian-Newsom murders

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A jury has been chosen and opening arguments are set to get underway around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the case against Eric Dewayne Boyd.

Boyd is the alleged accessory charged with hiding one of the accused murderers in last year's deadly double carjacking and murder case.

After two full days of intense one-on-one questioning, sixteen jurors have been chosen. The panel consists of twelve jurors and four alternates.

On the panel, 12 women and four men. One of the jurors is black.

Today began with 36 jurors entering the courtroom together to answer more questions.

Questions the first two days were about racial biases and pre-trial publicity only.

Eventually, Boyd's fate will be decided by 12 people, with four alternates sitting through the trial as well.

They'll have to decide if Boyd is guilty of hiding murder suspect Lemaricus Davidson or knowing that he committed a crime and failed to report it.

Davidson awaits a death penalty trial scheduled for next year is state court, as do his brother Letalvis Cobbins, Vanessa Coleman, and George Thomas.

They are each charged in the January 2007 carjacking, rape, torture, and murder of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23.

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