Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) -- Two suspects in the fatal carjacking of a young Knoxville couple entered not guilty pleas Thursday in federal court.
Lemaricus Davidson and Eric Boyd arrived in handcuffs and shackles. The families of victims Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom watched intently during the brief arraignments.
Some wept as the details of the carjacking and murders less than two weeks ago were recounted.
Magistrate Bruce Guyton says he will rule later on whether Boyd can be released pending trial tentatively set for March 28. Prosecutors say Boyd is a flight risk, a threat to the community and has a criminal record one prosecutor describes as "scary."
In a federal indictment returned yesterday, Davidson is charged with the carjacking and discharging a firearm in connection the crime, both of which carry a potential death penalty. Boyd is charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Two other suspects caught in Kentucky are awaiting transfer back to Tennessee.
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