GUILTY: Eric Boyd found guilty in Christian-Newsom murder accessory case

By: Rob Pratt
By: Rob Pratt

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Eric DeWayne Boyd is the first person to be found guilty in connection with the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom case.

Boyd has just been found guilty of being an accessory in the case. The jury siding with prosecutors and believing Boyd helped suspect Lemaricus Davidson escape even though he knew that Davidson had committed a crime resulting in death.

Boyd was not charged in connection with the murders or the carjacking.

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Tuesday, the defense and prosecution both rested their case.

As in every criminal case, the prosecution had to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Tuesday morning, they rested their case. An hour later, after calling only two witnesses, the defense rested, too.

The defense has said from the beginning, this trial is about what Eric Boyd knew, when he knew it, and what he did about it.

The prosecution agreed, urging jurors to hold Boyd to that standard.
Prosecutors say Boyd knew Lemaricus Davidson committed a crime, specifically the carjacking, rape, and murders of Channon Christian, 21, and Chris Newsom, 23.

They say instead of telling police right away, Boyd helped hide Davidson for days.

Prosecutors say Davidson sought help from several people, most of whom turned their backs on him, once they learned of the crimes.

But in his closing argument, assistant US Attorney Tracy Stone, pointed at Boyd, saying, "In the whole wide world, one person was willing to help Lemaricus Davidson, and he's sitting right here."

Defense attorney Phil Lomonaco presented a different Eric Boyd in his closing. He says Boyd is the one who led police to Davidson, once he learned of Davidson's alleged involvement in the crimes. Lomonaco argues prosecutors have not proven beyond a reasonable doubt, that Boyd knew Davidson had committed a crime before that.

The defense also continued its effort to put Daphne Sutton on trial, Lemaricus Davidson's girlfriend at the time. She admitted on the stand Friday that Davidson spent the night with her the day after Christian was killed. Sutton was never charged with any crime.

Lomonaco asked the jury in his closing, "If what (Daphne Sutton) did wasn't enough to get her indicted, is what (Eric Boyd) did enough for him to go to jail?"

In the end, it's what Boyd did that really matters here, and now the jury will decide whether he's guilty.

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