Sunday, April 15, 2012

State's Appeal Bid In Christian-Newsom Case Rejected

Channon Christian with her boyfriend Christopher Newsom, date unknown.

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.

Christian-Newsom Torture-Murders Trial Coverage QUICK LINKS


Liz said...

This is so heartbreaking and such a waste of time, effort and family tears. Thanks for the update David & Sprocket

Anonymous said...

WOW! I wasn't familiar with this case & just spent the entire day catching up on it! WOW! What a DEVASTATING CRIME!!!

Maddie said...

Truly horrific. I haven't been able to get the images/details out of my mind. How, as a family member, could you ever begin to cope with it? And now they have to relive the trials all over again?? Disgusting.

I say put all the perpetrators (which is almost too kind a word for what they are) in a cell together for the rest of their lives. Let them victimize each other, and allow them no other "human" contact. They don't even belong in the general population.
I used to think I missed my calling in criminal justice -- now, I'm not so sure.

My sincerest condolences to the families of these two beautiful young people.

Anonymous said...

This horrific crime will not be forgotten. A documentary is currently underway.

Anonymous said...

I pray for the families, May God be with them keep them strong and together. Channon was so lucky to have the family she did. Chris, was lucky too. May they rest in peace. One day the animals that killed this couple, will die the demons will come for them, they will be dragged to hell. No one will hear their cry, or come help. Kind of like what the victims went through. As a child of God. They can destroy our flesh, but they can't destroy our soul. We lost two beautiful souls, but heaven gained two angels.

Arizona criminal lawyer said...

So sad!!!