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The trial of the alleged ringleader of a torture-murder trial, Lemaricus Davidson, began on Monday. This trial is before a Knox County jury at the defendant's insistence.
Christopher Newsom, 23, was raped, beaten, shot, and his body burned after being dumped near a railroad track. Channon Christian, 21, was raped by more than one rapist, beaten, kicked, and had cleaning fluid poured down her throat. She was hog-tied and stuffed into a garbage can to die of suffocation.
A vast amount of forensic evidence ties Davidson to the crimes and a police interview with Davidson is at odds with the evidence.
When asked if he had sex with Christian, Davidson said, "No." Davidson said "No" when asked if his DNA was anywhere on Christian's body, and said he had left the house when he was there.
Forensic evidence shows Davidson's fingerprints on many of the couple's possessions and his DNA on Christian's body, contrary to Davidson's police statement.
What is the defense attorneys answer to this? It is to dirty up the two victims. The main theme of cross-examination by the defense these two days is drug use by Christian and Newsom. According to the defense, the victims were looking for drugs in East Knoxville and came to the Chipman St house voluntarily. The defense in the trial of Davidson's half-brother, Letalvis Cobbins, readily admitted the carjacking took place. Davidson's defense is apparently going to deny it.
The early toxicology report had no drugs in the systems of the victims. Now the reports have marijuana and amphetamines in Newsom's system and a small amount of alcohol in Christian's system. This is probably not unusual for college-age young people
No one has seen Christian and Newsom near Chipman Street. Newsom could obtain marijuana where he lives in the West Knoxville suburbs. Today, the prosecution met this head-on
Prosecutor Takisha Fitzgerald is fighting the notion that because Newsom had drugs in his system, and Channon had an Adderall pill in her SUV that doesn't mean they went to buy drugs from Davidson. Christian's mother, Deena, took the stand and said she knew Newsom smoked pot and her daughter sometimes took Adderall, which is an amphetamine-based stimulant Channon took to help study.
Friends of the couple have testified that they had no idea where Chipman Street was and never heard Christian and Newsom mention going to the area
Davidson denied in his statement to police knowing the couple or ever seeing them in his neighborhood.
This tactic by the defense is designed to take attention away from the horrific murders and the overwhelming evidence against Davidson.
David From Tennessee