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Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr.,
23, were a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were both raped, tortured
and murdered after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007.
Their vehicle had been carjacked. Five suspects were arrested and charged in the case. The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on
counts of murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape and theft. Three of those arrested,
Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson and George Thomas, have been convicted
on multiple charges including several counts of felony murder. After a jury
trial Lemaricus Davidson was sentenced to death by lethal injection and Letalvis
Cobbins and George Thomas were sentenced to life in prison without the
possibility of parole. Vanessa Coleman has been convicted of facilitating the
crimes and sentenced to 53 years in prison, and Eric Dewayne Boyd has been
convicted of federal charges as accessory after the fact to carjacking and
sentenced to 18 years in prison.
On December 1, 2011, new trials were granted by a liberal Special Judge to
the defendants due to drug abuse by the later disbarred, presiding judge. Representing the
families of the victims and the People, the Tennessee AG filed an appeal in
January 2011 trying to block the four retrials. In early March 2012, a Court of
Criminal Appeals put a hold on the retrials. An appeals court will decide if
there will be retrials. Convicted co-conspirator Vanessa Coleman's retrial is
not being contested by the AG. She was given 53 years by the later-disbarred
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