GUEST ENTRY BY DAVID IN TENNESSEE!
State's Appeal Bid in Christian-Newsom Case Rejected
On Friday, April 13th 2012, a three-judge panel of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals voted 2-1 to deny the Tennessee Attorney General's Office's application for appeal of Special Judge's Jon Kerry Blackwood's decision to grant new trials on the torture-murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.
Blackwood ordered new trials for all four defendants, but the state appealed his ruling for only three, acknowledging there was proof former Judge Richard Baumgartner was impaired during the trial of Vanessa Coleman.
Judge Blackwood overturned the verdicts and ordered new trials on December 1st, 2011. The families of the victims are resigned to new trials, but are angry at the situation.
Judge Blackwood announced the dates for the new trials in January:
Lemaricus Davidson, June 11th, 2012
Letalvis Cobbins, August 27, 2012
George Thomas, October 22nd, 2012
Vanessa Coleman, November 12th, 2012
Davidson had the same lawyers as before at the hearing in which the verdicts were overturned. They will apparently represent him in the new trial.
The full story of this case is available in the archives of Trials and Tribulations.
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