Thursday, June 14, 2012

Christian-Newsom Judge Blackwood Refuses to Recuse Himself


In a court hearing today that ended in a shouting match between Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood and Knox County DA Randy Nichols, Blackwood refused to recuse himself from the torture-murder case involving the 2007 deaths of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

Nichols filed the motion earlier in June, questioning Blackwood's impartiality.

A fourth defendant, Vanessa Coleman, was also given a new trial and the state has not contested that decision.

Early in the hearing, Blackwood said he would revisit his decision to grant new trials to Lemaricus Davidson and his brother Letalvis Cobbins. In these trials the state had DNA evidence linking the pair to the rapes of Channon Christian.

Blackwood said he would not reconsider in the case of co-defendant George Thomas. There was no forensic evidence linking Thomas to the killings.

Chris Newsom's parents, Hugh and Mary, said Judge Blackwood's actions Thursday prove that he should step down from the case.


Liz said...

David - thank you for your updates - I notice from Donchais's blog that there has been another change - and as others have said - Blackwood seems to have no thoughts as to all this changing and the impact on the families