Police Search for Brothers in Double Murder Case

By: Whitney Daniel
By: Whitney Daniel

Knoxville (WVLT) - A day after the discovery of a second body in a double murder case, people in that neighborhood raise questions about safety, while police ask for your help finding two men of interest in the case.

Information is the key. Police are now looking for these two individuals who they believe might have important information about the double murder in East Knoxville.

25-year-old, Lemaricus Davidson, and his brother 24-year-old Letalvis Cobbins.

Davidson is described as about 6 foot 4 inches, 195 pounds.

Cobbins is about 6 feet tall, weighing about 150 pounds, he has no record in Knox County, however according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Davidson has charges filed in Madison County Tennessee for carjacking and aggravated robbery.

Davidson also has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a "driving with a suspended license" charge.

Davidson's last known address was 2316 Chipman Street. That's the home where police found 21-year-old Channon Christian's body Wednesday, just a short distance away from where her boyfriend 23-year-old Christopher Newsom's body was found just days before.

"I think as a parent, with everything that's going on, I'm not sure that I could even keep an eye on three children. I only have two eyes," says East Knoxville resident April Wilson.

Three kids, two eyes, and one new rule: no more playing outside.

"I think it's just a dangerous time right now and that if anyone was driving by and they were out, they could easily take them," Wilson says.

After the news of two people murdered in her neighborhood, April Wilson says she's scared and she's leaving. "We've been here about four months and we are in the process of looking for a place to move."

Meanwhile, police want you to be on the lookout for these two individuals, 25-year-old, Lemaricus Davidson, and his brother 24-year-old Letalvis Cobbins. Authorities believe they have information that's critical to solving this double homicide.

"Right now, we know they have been living in this area. There is a possibility that they could be armed and dangerous, that is why it is critical that we get in contact with them as soon as possible," Darrell DeBusk from the Knoxville Police Department.

We asked neighbors if they recognized the men in the photos.

"I don't know him, but I do know him," says Brittany Hunley, who lives next door to the house where Channon Christian was found. "Him and his girlfriend lived here with their two children. I really don't know much about them. They come in and out, people come in and out of their house and stuff."

"I've seen kids up there, yeah," says Danny Williams, who lives down the street. And today, several people have been driving up and down the street.

"It's been pretty crowded today," Williams says.

Neighbors say it's probably out of curiosity, and April Wilson is one of them.

"When parents or even people who aren't parents, don't have the information, it sparks frustration and it sparks fear that maybe we wouldn't have if we had a little more information," she says.

At this time, police are releasing a limited amount of information. They don't want to hinder the investigation.

If you have any information and want to leave an anonymous tip, call KPD's Crime Hotline, that number is 215-7212.


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