5th Suspect Arrested in Double Murder, Announcement Expected Soon

Knoxville (WVLT) - New details are developing in the double murder case of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

The Knox County District Attorney General's Office has called a 5:00 p.m. news conference in connection with the case, but declined to comment further on the details.

Tune to Volunteer TV News at 5:30 for LIVE updates.

Also new today, according to the Marion County, KY Justice Center, a fifth person has been arrested in the case. That person, identified as Vanessa Coleman, was arrested in Lebanon, Kentucky, the same place where two other suspects, George Thomas, and Letalvis Cobbins were arrested in mid-January. She's being held on at least one warrant.

Coleman isn't a new name in this investigation. She's listed in an affadavit in support of a search warrant filed on January 22nd by Knoxville Police. Volunteer TV broke news of the search warrant on January 22nd, but at that time, we did not release Coleman's name because she had not been charged.

According to the affadavit, police spoke with Vanessa Coleman, who informed them, "she was present with the victim Christian was being held within the residence at 2316 Chipman Street on and around January 6th and 7th, 2007. "

The warrant continues, "during that time while the victim Christian was alive, she witnessed the victim's mouth being cleansed with some type of spray bottle of cleaning supply contained within the residence."

"Additionally, Coleman told (police investigators) that she witnessed clothing stained of blood, and smelling like gasoline being placed in the washing machine of the residence."

We're working to follow up on all the details and will have the latest on VolunteerTV.com and VolTV2Go.com as it becomes available. We'll have an update on WVLT FIRST at 4:00 and at 5:30.


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