I recently heard about this case and I strongly question why this story was never made public except in local news.  Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, was a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee.  They were raped, tortured, and ultimately murdered after being kidnapped the evening of January 6, 2007.  This event started with the couple being the victims of a carjacking.  Five people were ultimately arrested and charged in the case.  The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on counts of capital murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape, and theft, while a fifth was indicted at the federal level.

Of the four charged at the state level, three (Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson, and George Thomas) had multiple prior felony convictions.  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, Cobbins without the possibility of parole and Thomas with the possibility.  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.  The state convictions were set aside because of misconduct by the presiding judge, who was reportedly under the influence of unauthorized prescription medication during the trail and who has since been disbarred.   Retrials were slated to start in the summer and fall of 2012, but in May 2012 the Tennessee Supreme Court vacated the motion for new trials.  All of the state convictions (except for the Coleman case) were permitted to stand and the defendants remain incarcerated pending appeals.  To date, only Coleman has been retried, with a reduction in term from her original sentence by approximately one-third.

Christian and Newsom were leaving an apartment together to go to a friend’s party when they were abducted from the apartment complex parking lot.

Christian’s parents found her abandoned vehicle the following Monday with the help of her mobile phone provider.  An envelope recovered from the vehicle, yielded fingerprint evidence that led police to Lemaricus Davidson at 2316 Chipman Street.  When police went to the address on Tuesday, January 9, they found the house unoccupied and Channon’s body in a bin in the kitchen.

Newsom was sodomized with an object and then raped by an individual.  When his body was discovered near a set of nearby railroad tracks, it was found that he had been bound, blindfolded, gagged, and stripped naked from the waist down.  He had been shot in the back of the head, neck, and back and his body had been set on fire.

Channon’s death came after hours of torture, having suffered injuries to her vagina, anus, and mouth as a result of repeated sexual assaults.  It was also reported that her body was scrubbed with bleach which was also poured down her throat, in an attempt by her attackers to remove DNA evidence, while Channon was still alive.  She was then bound with curtains and strips of bedding, her face covered with a trash bag which resulted in Channon slowly suffocated to death.

The four indicted by Tennessee prosecutors were:

  • George Geovonni “Detroit” Thomas 24, who faced a total of 46 charges.  Thomas was indicted on 16 counts of felony murder growing out of the rape, robbery, kidnapping, and theft of Christian and Newsom, 2 counts of premeditated murder, 2 counts of especially aggravated robbery, 4 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape, and 2 counts of theft.
  • Letalvis Darnell “Rome” Cobbins 24, who faced the same 46 charges as Thomas.  He and Davidson are brothers.
  • Lemaricus Devall “Slim” Davidson 25, who faced the same 46 charges as Thomas.  Previously Davidson had just completed a five-year sentence in Tennessee on a previous felony conviction for carjacking and aggravated robbery on August 5, 2006.
  • Vanessa Coleman18, who faced 40 Tennessee state charges. Coleman was indicted on 12 counts of felony murder growing out of the rape, robbery, kidnapping, and theft of      Christian and Newsom, 1 count of premeditated murder (of Christian only), 1 count of especially aggravated robbery (of Newsom only), 4 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape, and 2 counts of theft.
  • Eric DeWayne “E” Boyd 34, was arrested in connection with the fatal carjacking and faced federal charges as an accessory after the fact for helping the suspects evade the police.

On April 16, 2008, Eric Boyd was found guilty in Federal court of being an accessory to a fatal carjacking and for failing to report the location of a known fugitive.  Boyd’s was the first case to go to trial, and he was the only suspect not charged with murder. He was sentenced to the maximum of 18 years in Federal prison.

On August 25, 2009, Letalvis D. Cobbins was found guilty of the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Cobbins faced the possibility of the death penalty because he was convicted of first degree felony murder in the case of Christian.  He was found guilty of facilitation of murder for Newsom but he was acquitted of Newsom’s rape. On August 26, Cobbins was sentenced to life without parole.

On October 28, 2009, Lemaricus Devall Davidson was found guilty on all counts.  He was found not guilty on three counts of the aggravated rape of Christopher Newsom but was found guilty of the charges of facilitation of rape.  The jury sentenced Lemaricus Davidson to death on 4 of the conviction counts.

On December 8, 2009, George Thomas was found guilty on all counts.  The jury returned a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole on each of the 4 capital convictions.

On May 13, 2010, Vanessa Coleman was acquitted of first degree murder but found guilty on facilitating the crimes.  On July 30, 2010, she was sentenced to 53 years behind bars.

The defendants in the state cases (excluding Eric Boyd, who was convicted at the federal level) all appealed their convictions.  During this time, the sentencing judge, Richard Baumgartner, one of Knox County’s three Criminal Court judges, was forced to resign from the bench in March 2011 after admitting he had a drug addiction and had been having sex and purchasing pills during breaks in court sessions, thus impairing his ability to conduct trials during his final two years on the bench and compromising all trials he held during this time, including the initial trials reviewed above.  Baumgartner was later disbarred as a direct result of those actions.  On December 1, 2011, seven weeks after Baumgartner’s disbarment became final, Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood granted new trials to all four state defendants.  Jurors expressed dissatisfaction with the decision, noting that they, not Baumgartner, who favored the defense during the trial, convicted the killers.

Facing the same charges from the first trial, on November 20, 2012, Vanessa Coleman was convicted by a mixed-race jury of facilitation of aggravated kidnapping, facilitation of rape, and the facilitation of the murder of Channon Christian, but not of Christopher Newsom.  These convictions were on lesser charges than her initial convictions.  She was sentenced to 35 years in prison on February 1, 2013, minus credit for time already served. Coleman will be eligible for parole in early 2019.

On May 17, 2013, the retrial of George Thomas ended in a verdict of guilty on all counts with a lesser charge on count 17.  He was re-sentenced to life in prison by the jury, but this time with the possibility of parole after 51 years.  On June 4th 2013, George Thomas was given two life sentences (consecutive) for the murders and 25 years (multiple concurrent) for the rapes.

Cobbins is serving a life sentence without parole, and Thomas is serving 123 years to life. Davidson, sentenced to death, remains on the  as the state’s death row.

Eric Boyd, who was convicted on federal charges, is currently serving his sentence of 18 years at a federal facility.  With time off for good behavior (there is no parole in the federal prison system), Boyd is eligible for release in early October 2022.

This story was virtually ignored by the national news and despite the horrendous things that these five black individuals did to these two white victims those details were hushed up and any and all attempts to characterize this as a “hate” crime was totally dismissed by the liberal media and venomously deigned by the black community.

Here are some of the gruesome details that the media and national news did not wish to report on.  Christopher Newsom was raped and sodomized, his penis was cut off, he  was set on fire and fatally shot several times while they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to watch.

Channon Christian was savagely beaten, kicked and gang-raped; orally, vaginally, and anally; for four days by all of them, while they took turns urinating on her. They cut off one of her breasts and put chemicals down her throat to destroy any DNA that might be found there.   And finally, they murdered her, putting a plastic bag over her head, suffocating her to death.  Severe bruising was noted all over her body and her vaginal area.

When is this nation going to start treating people the same?  If the victims had been black and the perpetrators white…the national news and the black community would all be up in arms.

Now today, we hear of a college baseball player jogging on the streets of Oklahoma who was shot to death by three teenagers, one of whom told police they were “bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody,” authorities said.

The ballplayer, Christopher Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend and her family live, had passed a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random.  A 17-year-old in the group has given a detailed confession to police, but investigators haven’t found the weapon used in last week’s shooting.

Christopher Lane was shot and killed while out for a jog in Duncan, Oklahoma.  Lane, 22, is from Australia but was in Oklahoma playing baseball.  He was a rising senior at East Central University in Ada, Okla., a catcher who started 14 games and hit .250 for the Tigers this season, according to the school’s athletics website.

Prosecutors were expected to file first-degree murder charges Tuesday against the three teens, aged 15, 16 and 17.  They were to appear in court, and it was not clear whether they would be charged as adults.

Witnesses told Australian television that Lane staggered and collapsed on the road after he was shot in the back with a .22-caliber revolver on Friday afternoon and an autopsy is pending.

The only reason this story is being covered nationally is because the victim is from Australia and his parents are speaking out publicly about his death.  I bet that his murder will also not be labeled a “hate” crime.