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    Quote Originally Posted by lonetraveler View Post
    I want to thank all of you hard working posters who worked so diligently to inform all of us who could not watch the entire trial. I certainly do appreciate all your efforts. I, too feel like I have made new friends and if I'm still kicking I'll be with you on the next trial.
    If you're "still kicking" friend... ok you're scaring me now... thinking of going somewhere...?


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    So GT would stand for the jury. Guess what George, that jury is going home tonight. You're going to a cold cell; forEVER.

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    I'm taking SuziQ's job for the moment, I hope she doesn't mind!

    Pics from today:
    http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/galle...sday-dec-10-2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelergirl View Post
    I'm taking SuziQ's job for the moment, I hope she doesn't mind!

    Pics from today:
    http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/galle...sday-dec-10-2/
    Thank you so much! I'm just now sitting down after running around all day. Time to go catch up.

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    A video recap of the sentencing from Jamie.

    http://www.knoxnews.com/videos/detai...lies-reaction/

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziQ View Post
    Thank you so much! I'm just now sitting down after running around all day. Time to go catch up.
    I'm late, late, late, but I'd like to thank you all too. Special thanks to Suzi! You've a wonderful updater. But thanks to everyone else too!:Banane59:

    As for GT and his not standing...

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    Gezzzz I kind of felt lost all day with no where to go. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR View Post
    This is honestly the worse case I have ever read, so bad wish I never looked. I feel so bad for these families and just wish the people responsible were put to death.
    Oh, yeah. Me, too. Now I can't get it out of my mind.

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    Appeal Could Delay VC Trail, Atty's Want Ruling Re Immunity

    Torture-slaying suspect Vanessa Coleman is officially back in the prosecutorial lineup, but it is a trial date written in pencil lest the state's highest court opts to snatch up the case first.

    Defense attorney Russell Greene, who is representing Coleman along with Kentucky attorney Theodore Lavit, confirmed last week that the pair will ask the Tennessee Supreme Court to take a look at an immunity issue a lower appellate court refused to consider before Coleman is tried.

    Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner on Thursday set a May 10 trial date in hopes that even if the Supreme Court chooses to hear Coleman's appeal, the issue can be decided by then
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    Coleman, 20, had been second in the original trial schedule, nestled between boyfriend Letalvis Cobbins and his brother, ringleader Lemaricus Davidson. But Baumgartner plucked her from the prosecution's trial lineup to give her defenders a chance to seek an appellate answer for a landmark legal question: Is a federal immunity agreement binding on state prosecutors when the two sovereign governments were working hand-in-hand in the probe?

    At the time of the slayings, Coleman was just 18, had a relatively clean wrap-sheet and parents urging her to cooperate with authorities. In her, authorities had an eyewitness to the horrors Christian and Newsom suffered and, at the time, no proof she was an active participant in the crimes.

    Federal prosecutors, who were trying to build a carjacking case against suspects Cobbins, Davidson, Thomas and Eric Boyd, treated her as a witness, housing her in a local hotel for her protection and inking a proposed immunity deal.

    But Coleman never invoked her right against self-incrimination when she testified before a federal grand jury. And state prosecutors took a harsher view of her alleged role, indicting her along with Cobbins, Davidson and Thomas in the murders.

    Greene and Lavit cried foul, arguing that authorities had used the young woman, dangling immunity to lull her into cooperating and then using her own words to prosecute her in a capital murder case...

    On the eve of Thomas' trial, a three-judge panel of the state Court of Criminal Appeals nixed a delay in Coleman's case, contending that two sovereign governments are free to prosecute as their respective leaders see fit.

    The panel conceded, however, that the issue is untested in Tennessee, and that could prove a lure to the state's Supreme Court justices.

    Greene said Friday the high court could decide within the next two months whether the appeal will be heard before Coleman is tried.

    The legal wrangling and resulting delay hasn't been all bad for prosecutors Leland Price and Takisha Fitzgerald. While a decision on Coleman's appeal bid was pending, the pair unearthed a sole DNA link between Coleman and the slayings.
    A September testing of a knotted piece of cloth stained with Christian's blood and believed to have been used to bind the slain University of Tennessee senior revealed the presence of Coleman's skin cells...



    (full article at link)


    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/de...olemans-trial/

    Last edited by kiki the parrot; 12-17-2009 at 04:22 PM.

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    Somber anniversary marks three years since Christian and Newsom murders

    Two Knox County families are facing a painful reminder of the the murders of their children.

    Thursday is the third anniversary of the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

    For the past 2 years, both families have held memorial services at the gravesides of the victims.

    However, more loss and sickness will keep the Newsom family home. Chris Newsom's maternal grandmother, Emily P. Gray, passed away last week and was buried this weekend. The outdoor ceremony took a toll on the Newsoms. Hugh Newsom caught a cold, and Mary Newsom is trying to recover from the loss of her 90-year old mother.

    Mary Newsom said the holidays were horrible as her mother slipped away and the anniversary of her son's murder approached.

    Channon Christian's parents also struggled through the holidays. Gary Christian said he is ready to go back to trial and get them over with in 2010.

    The fourth defendant is scheduled for trial on May 10. Vanessa Coleman is the only woman charged with the rapes and murders of the couple.


    (cont'd at link) I feel so much for these families. May is a long time away and their lives will forever be affected by these senseless killings. Continued prayers for the Newsoms, and the Christians and everyone impacted by these heinous crimes--including the prosecution.


    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story...109941&catid=2

    Last edited by kiki the parrot; 01-07-2010 at 05:39 PM.


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    Hi all! Here are some new articles. May is getting close, I hope Vanessa is getting scared! Hopefully this will be the year justice is served and no more court dates for the victims' families.

    George Thomas conviction: Prosecutors respond to motion for acquittal in murders of Christian and Newsom

    On December 11, a Chattonooga jury sentenced Thomas to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the kidnappings, rapes, and murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

    However, during his high profile trial, Thomas' defense attorneys filed a 24-page motion to acquit their client.

    Judge Richard Baumgartner did not rule on the motion during the trial, but instead asked the prosecution to submit its response in writing as well.

    Baumgartner told the court, Thomas' request for acquittal was compelling and well written. Thomas Dillard and Stephen Johnson wrote the motion.

    The judge said he wanted the state's response in writing as a record for appellate courts that may review the Thomas case in the future.

    The prosecution has now filed that response.

    On Monday, Thomas' attorneys also asked for a new trial for Thomas.

    Judge Baumgartner has not ruled on Thomas' request for acquittal or his request for a new trial.
    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story...storyid=110743

    Convicted killer George Thomas being moved to maximum security prison

    A convicted killer, first placed in a medium security prison, has now been moved to a maximum security facility. But why he was in a medium security prison at all is prompting a victim's parents to call for changes to the law.

    Gary and Deena Christian, parents of murder victim Channon Christian, are working with legislators to draft and propose new bills to the house.

    Channon's Law would dictate that anyone convicted for a heinous crime such as rape or murder would be automatically sent to a maximum security prison.

    Chris' Law would allow for the prosecution of lawyers who slander victims. That law's name refers to Christian's boyfriend and fellow murder victim, Chris Newsom.
    More at link:
    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story...storyid=111822

    Defendant in Christian and Newsom murders is back in court

    The first month of 2010 is almost finished, and Vanessa Coleman is now one month closer to facing a judge and jury for the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

    On Friday, Coleman was in court for a motions hearing, as Judge Richard Baumgartner tries to get a status on how the case is progressing.

    She is scheduled to go to trial on May 10th.

    Much more at link:

    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story...storyid=112137

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    In a court hearing Friday, Judge Richard Baumgartner agreed to more DNA testing to be included in Vanessa Coleman's trial for the Christian-Newsom murders.

    More at link:
    http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=11902151

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    George Thomas motion for acquittal denied

    A Kentucky man, convicted of the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom, will not have his conviction tossed out by the judge who oversaw the case.

    Tuesday, Judge Richard Baumgartner denied George Thomas' motion for acquittal.

    When Thomas' defense first made the motion to acquit, Baumgartner asked for that filing to be detailed in writing, then asked for the defense to file a response in writing. Baumgartner had indicated he wanted those matters to be on the record for any appellate court.

    Now, Baumgartner has ruled against the motion to acquit, saying the state's presentment of the legal sufficiency of the evidence was well presented.

    More at link:
    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story...storyid=112831

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    Just found this about cobbins"
    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story...114120&catid=2

    he is getting a extra 100 yrs..YEH..wish it was the death penalty
    IMO

    "May you always have LOVE to share,health to spare,and Friends that care."

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    Thanks for the article and update Shotzie...just to bounce off of your post, I found the part with Mr. Newsome asking Cobbins to implicate Boyd pretty interesting. I found another article that went into a little more detail:

    "But Chris' father, Hugh Newsom, unexpectedly presented Cobbins with an opportunity.

    "All you have to do is tell the truth," Newsom said.

    Newsom urged Cobbins to testify against Eric Boyd.

    Boyd is currently serving time in federal prison after he was convicted as an accessory after the fact in 2008.

    However, Cobbins said during his own trial Boyd was a more actively involved in the killings, something authorities haven't been able to charge.

    "We need to put Eric Boyd away for life also because he played a major role in this crime spree," Newsom told Volunteer TV.

    In exchange for the help Newsom told Cobbins he'd ask the media to give Cobbins the chance to "become a hero in being a spokesperson for the children" who grow up in similar environments.

    "Telling kids....crime isn't the answer. Go to school and get a good education. You can do that," Newsom said.

    "We got a deal," he asked Cobbins.

    Cobbins didn't verbally respond in court."

    Cobbins is still a coward, and that will never change. But at least now it's guaranteed that he isn't going anywhere for a long time.

    article: http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/85365557.html

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