Testimony continues in Christian-Newsom murder accessory trial

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Day five of the trial of the alleged accessory to a deadly carjacking begins with Eric DeWayne Boyd's attorney asking for a mistrial.

Boyd's attorney Phil Lomonaco says the prosecution's reference to a car Boyd had allegedly borrowed being at the scene on Chipman Street was an attempt to insinuate to the jury that Boyd was involved in the carjacking.

Lomonaco says the reference to an alleged uncharged crime was not proper and should lead to a mistrial.

Judge Tom Varlan denied that motion, meaning this trial moves forward.

Boyd's lawyer says yesterday's testimony about the brutality of the murders of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, is unnecessary and an attempt to inflame the jury.

Prosecutors say they did not create the facts and they must prove Eric Boyd knew that Lemaricus Davidson committed a crime leading to serious bodily injury or death.

Testimony began today with the police fingerprint technician who says he found Davidson's print on items inside Channon Christian's silver SUV, the day after the murders.

The key witness this morning was Kassie Suttles, a friend of Davidson's girlfriend, Daphne Sutton.

Boyd's lawyer says Sutton should have been charged as an accessory, but she never was.

Suttles says she took Daphne to Davidson's home, briefly on Sunday, when prosecutors say Christian was being held there.

Stuttles testified that Davidson was driven to her apartment Sunday in what turned out to be Channon's silver SUV and Davidson wound up spending the night with Daphne Sutton in the spare bedroom.

We'll have much more on developments from the courtroom, coming up first at four.

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  • by Dorothy Henderson Location: Orlando Florida on Apr 21, 2008 at 11:44 PM
    How horrible, just animals.
  • by Mary on Apr 11, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    Eric Boyd yoy know what you know. you will never be free until you face that. You are trying to pretend like it never happened. But it did. And guess what? it's time to face the music. Everyone knows it. But we have to play this innocent until proven guity game. Ask for forgiveness, and move on with your life. I am sure you will find peace. No I am not a nut.
  • by Anonymous Location: Oak Ridge on Apr 11, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    If these animals don't get the death penalty, then there is really no justice. Our society is changing so much that the criminals seemingly get more rights and protection that vicitms, and this has got to change. Hopefully the case will be used to send a clear message and these filthy, worthless pigs, will receive death, give them the same option they gave those 2 poor kids. Gruesome crime,and the families, and see the photos, hear the testimony is something most of us cannot imagine. My heart goes out to them. God bless and hold them near, they will surely need it. I hope that wonderful young couple will finally be able to rest in peace with the conclusion of this trial.
  • by Jaq Location: NJ on Apr 11, 2008 at 02:34 PM


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