GUILTY: Eric Boyd's Christian-Newsom murder accessory trial over

By: Rob Pratt
By: Rob Pratt

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The first trial ends with the first guilty verdict in connection with the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23.

The only one of the five suspects not charged with murder, Eric DeWayne Boyd is guilty of being an accessory, according to the jury.

The jury has spoken, convicting Eric Boyd of two counts.

After five hours of deliberation, they found Boyd guilty of being an accessory after the fact, and concealing a felon, agreeing with the prosecution that he helped hide murder suspect Lemaricus Davidson from police, while failing to report his crimes.

This battle is over, but the victim's families know the war will be long.

The victims' families celebrate the word they've been waiting to hear for more than a year: Guilty.

Eric Boyd's conviction today is the first, but family members pray it won't be the last.

Channon Christian's father Gary Christian says, "One down, four to go, baby. We got more to go on this one too. Eric boyd's gonna hear from us."

What Eric Boyd heard from the jury today will likely mean 15 years in federal prison, after sentencing August 12th.

Next year may bring four more trials, death penalty cases against the four accused murderers.

Even on this day, Chris Newsom's mother is thinking about that.

Mary Newsom says, "They really, really tortured them beyond a normal killing, so whatever the others get, that's what they deserve."

Knoxville Police Sgt. Tim Snodderly says, "This is just a small part of what we've got going on. This is just a first step, and we're extremely happy with the verdict we got today. We've got a long way to go but this is a little bit of justice for the family."

These families say they heard Eric Boyd's brother on television last night, saying he feels their pain. But the words mean nothing to those who lost loved ones.

Deana Christian, Channon's mother says, "Let them lose one of theirs, and then go through the hell we went through, and then maybe they can say something."

Gary Christian says, "Channon's sitting on our shoulders."

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  • by Jeremy Location: Indiana on Sep 24, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    May these worthless subhumans rot with dead animals...May the executioner miss 1000 veins so they can think long and hard about their wasted lives. May the injection burn long and hard through every vein in their worthless bodies...May their agony overcome them to the deepest extent...and may they realize that hell awaits in desperation and sorrow until their last seconds of life.
  • by Teresa Location: Knoxville on Aug 25, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    May GOD bless the families of the victims. Hope justice for all will come (if there is any for such a crime). Let's don't play the race card here, right is right and wrong is wrong. I hope they all get what is due them. May GOD have mercy on their souls. May the familes take alittle comfort in Channon and Christopher FOREVER with the Lord.
  • by katrina Location: north carolina on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:14 AM
    those scum suckers are not human and would be an insult to the animal can five entities induce such torture,rape,sodomy and mutilation...they should be taken out to the wodds and allow the the relatives of each victim bull whip them....after that,how about stripping them naked,cover them with syrup,then force them to lay on hills of fire ants....just before the screaming stops...lynch them and set them on fire for all to see....only than will people have an idea of what that young couple went through that night
  • by Sparkle_44 Location: Connecticut on Jun 28, 2008 at 12:23 AM
    To the families of deceased you have my deepest sympathy.I am a black female I don't care nothing about color black white purple etc.wrong is wrong them criminals had no right to take anything from that couple most of all their life.I am praying for for the deceased families as I you have the right to be angry mad or feel the way you do it's hard when losing a love one I know I lost my son through gun violence it's not easy we I am praying that you have the strength to be at every court date and strength to deal with this ordeal remember God don't make mistakes he and only he will get you through. GOD BLESS
  • by Chuck Location: Des Moines on May 21, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    There are Black vermin There are White vermin. Whatever the color or race of the vermin - vermin needs to be executed. Slowly and painfully. And by the way - many attorneys also qualify as vermin.
  • by Willis Location: California Bay Area on May 2, 2008 at 04:45 PM
    This is not something that is sad, what happened to these two kids was devastatingly tragic. I am a black male, who thinks these animals have NO place in a civilized world, and should die. When one is that devoid of value, compassion, common sense, the they need to go. End of story. As a parent my heart goes out to the parents of the victums. If this was my kids, I am not sure I would have the restraint these parents have. I wont say God give the parents strenght, because a God would not have let it happened in the first place. it's up to each one of us to be good and prtect each other.
  • by jim Location: tampa on May 2, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    Once they are all found guilty, they should be taken outside for an immediate public execution. No jail, no appeals, nothing.
  • by delaney Location: prince george.b.c. on Apr 19, 2008 at 12:35 AM
    How sad, how horribly sad. I am weak in the eyes of the predators, my prayers are said tonight with your name on my breath, your story in my heart and a song in my soul, together they make a wonderful melody, much like your beloved. Bless your hearts, mine weeps for you.
  • by Bonnie Location: Haddon Heights, NJ on Apr 18, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    This has been a horrible journey for the loved ones of the victims. God Bless them and give them the strength to continue their march towards justice.
  • by elizabeth Location: soddy daisy tn on Apr 17, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    I call on all who believe in the saving power of Jesus to stand in the gap for the families of the innocent and the guilty. Acts 26:18 'to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, that they may recieve forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
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