Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Knox County Assistant District Attorney Leland Price said Tuesday he plans to consult the Tennessee Attorney General's Office to get approval to appeal Judge Blackwood's decision.
Judge Blackwood announced Monday for a second time that he will not recuse himself from the Christian Newsom murder trials. He made the statement after new appearances by Lemaricus Davidson and Letalvis Cobbins. They are two men previously convicted of murdering Channon Christian and Chris Newsom. The judge's short statement that he wouldn't recuse himself infuriated the Christians and Newsoms. They say this needs to come to an end once and for all.
Davidson and Cobbins came into the courtroom in shackles and handcufs. Both sat quietly and showed no emotion as the state pleaded for the judge to step aside. Knox County Assistant District Attorney Leland Price says, "If you rule for us it can't stand later on. It will be overturned."
In the end Judge Blackwood said no. He won't give in. For the families who lost their children, one more disappointment Channon's Dad Gary Christian says, "I will not let that man sit on my daighter's trials without a war."
Channon's dad thinks Judge Blackwood needs to step down because he's in it for the publicity. Gary Christian says, "That judge is on a mission. I don't know if it's a book or movie or what exactly he's up to. This ain't about his book or movie. This is about our daughter."
This was the 283rd time the Newsoms have been in the courtroom.
Chris's Mom Mary Newsom says, "It's just hard to keep coming here and not getting done what we want to happen. It's depressing and it makes you feel bad when you leave that nothing goes our way."
Chris's Father Hugh Newsom says, "No one has pinpointed one issue that went wrong in the trial. It's all based on Baumgartners after hour activities."