Family of Eric Boyd speaks out

Knoxville (WVLT) - With Eric Boyd's fate in the hands of a jury, his family decides to speak out about their brother who's behind bars and charged as an accessory to murder in the deadly carjacking.

Anthony Boyd tells Volunteer TV Eric just got mixed up with the wrong crowd, and he's innocent.

Anthony Boyd led his family in prayer before Anthony spoke Tuesday night for the first time about the accusations against his younger brother. Anthony says his brother Eric is a victim of circumstance.

"He didn't actually kill nobody. He's just there basically at the wrong time. He didn't know these guys," Boyd said.

Anthony says Eric Boyd only knew these guys from basketball games, even though Eric admitted in a taped interview to smoking marijuana with the Lamaricus Davidson.
Then Anthony asked the media to put themselves in his brother's shoes, saying his brother found out about the crime afterwards and told police as soon as he could.

"Put yourself in that position. Would you save your life first then tell or tell then get killed?" Boyd said.

Then there's the issue of Daphne Sutton, Lemaricus Davidson's girlfriend who spent the night with Davidson hours after the crime. Defense attorney Phil Lemonico filed a motion and delivered testimony at trial asking why Daphne Sutton wasn't prosecuted.

"I'm not bringing up race or nothing, but it also was a white girl involved in this case that media knew it, everybody knew it that ain't in jail. My brother's in jail, she's not," Boyd said.

Eric Boyd is in jail, and jury deliberations begin Wednesday. We'll find out soon if the jury agrees with Anthony Boyd.

Daphne Sutton has not ben charged with any crime.

NAACP Knoxville Chapter President Ezra Maize attended Anthony Boyd's speech. He didn't talk on camera, but Volunteer TV News called him tonight.
Reverend Maize says he was there only to listen. He says the NAACP is not taking a position on this issue yet.

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  • by Tman Location: Dublin on Dec 31, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    They will all burn in hell for eternity - That Coleman girl is an evil little cretin
  • by Deirdre Location: Ohio on Nov 11, 2009 at 11:26 PM
    @Melanie, I thought it was after the fact. If it's after the fact how did he videotape it? WTF???? I don't understand why this wasn't covered nationally. I just heard about this today. May they all burn painfully in hell for eternity. All blacks are not like this. I hope the families don't store ill feelings because of this. I think it's effed up "almost" as much as they do. I can never feel their pain is why I said "almost". I saw a video where the stepfather stated that nobody could possibly know how they feel. I feel like I should acknowledge that. May Christopher and Channon's souls Rest In Peace.
  • by Melanie Location: Knoxville on Aug 24, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Now that it has come out in the Cobbins trial that Eric Boyd video taped on his cell phone some of the torture those kids endured, how does his brother Anthony and his family feel about that!! I hope he gets some "action" in prison and I hope someone has a cell phone to video it for him to re-live.
  • by lori Location: knoxville on Apr 17, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    I believe Boyd is completely guilty and should get more than whats coming to him!! I commend TV8 for letting people comment on this. I think people use this to vent and its more than channel 10 does. They shut their site down when anybody comments on it!
  • by usa Location: knox on Apr 16, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    do you know why the naacp is not taking a stand in the boyd case they know he is guilty he should get life.


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