Friday, May 18, 2007

A judge has set separate trials for four defendants charged with the carjacking, rape and murder of a young couple

Associated Press:

The suspects, going clockwise, are Vanessa Coleman, George Thomas, Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins

More than a dozen family members and friends of the victims - Channon Christian, 21, and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, 23 - listened from two rows in a Tennesee courtroom as Judge Richard Baumgartner set the dates.

Christian and Newsom were on a date when they were last seen back in January.

Authorities have refused to say where they were carjacked, but Newsom's burned body was found the next day along some railroad tracks and Christian's body was found two days later in a trash can.

Both were sexually assaulted.

Lemaricus Davidson, 25; his brother, Letalvis Cobbins, 24, and George Thomas, 24, were indicted on 46 counts, including first-degree murder. Vanessa Coleman, 18, was indicted on 40 counts, also including murder.

Baumgartner anticipated two-week trials for each of them in 2008, beginning with Cobbins on May 12, Coleman on June 16, Davidson on July 14 and Thomas on Aug. 11.

Prosecutors have yet to say if they will seek the death penalty.

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At 2:47 PM, Anonymous St. Louis CofCC Blogmeister said...

I take this as a bit of good news. Now the four defendants cannot put up a united defense, and this reduces the chances of all of them getting off.

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Hal said...

this reduces the chances of all of them getting off

I hope you're right.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Yankee James said...

There's going to be a rally in Knoxville on May 26.

Details here:


At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, I'm astounded by the dead silence of the MSM regarding this crime. If the races were reversed, it would be all over all the news all day, for months.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Nicholas said...

For the real Knoxville Horror story, including essential distinctions between known facts and unsourced Internet rumors, see:
The Knoxville Horror: The Crime and the Cover-Up

Nicholas Stix

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