Stop the retrial for murderers of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom
  • Petitioned Daniel T Brown

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Mayor of Knoxville Tennessee
Daniel T Brown
Tennessee Supreme Court Justices
Tennessee Supreme Court
Governor of Tennessee
Bill Haslam

Stop the retrial for murderers of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

    1. Brandon Sterne
    2. Petition by

      Brandon Sterne

      CONCRETE, WA

Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, were a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were both raped, tortured and murdered after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007. Their vehicle had been carjacked. Five suspects were arrested and charged in the case. The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on counts of murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape and theft. Three of those arrested, Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson and George Thomas, have been convicted on multiple charges including several counts of felony murder. 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 without the possibility of parole. 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

On December 1st, 2011, new trials were granted to the defendants due to drug abuse by the presiding Judge

 

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    1. Reached 17,500 signatures
    2. Knox County DA to file appeal

      Brandon Sterne
      Petition Organizer

      One step closer to Victory!

    3. Our efforts have once again been noticed by Tennessee news.

      Brandon Sterne
      Petition Organizer

      The prosecutor’s office stated they will decide by the end of this week if they will appeal the decision to hold retrials.

    4. Reached 15,000 signatures
    5. We made the local Tennessee news!!

      Brandon Sterne
      Petition Organizer

      Keep up the great work they are taking notice!

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures
    7. The Christian-Newsom Murders documentary

      Brandon Sterne
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone for helping us reach 3000 signatures in less than 48 hours. Watch this video to understand the unbelievable brutality of the murders. Please help me share this link on the various Youtube videos

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. Judge Baumartner

      Brandon Sterne
      Petition Organizer

      This is the man who is responsible for 5 confirmed animalistic killers getting a second chance. My next petition? A demand for this "judges" arrest and seizure of all financial assets for immediate restitution to the families (for unnecessary pain and suffering) and the county (for wasted tax payer’s money). Thank you again and keep up the great work. (Share Share Share) Let's see if we can make the frontpage of the change.org "popular" tab by days end.

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. Over 200 signatures in under 24 hours!

      Brandon Sterne
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for the Christian and Newsom families. Let's keep this going and show the Mayor of Knoxville and the Governor and Supreme Court of Tennessee that we are not going to tolerate this broken judicial system any longer.

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. Reached 10 signatures
    14. The Christian-Newsom Murders

      Brandon Sterne
      Petition Organizer

      Background information on the case

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    Reasons for signing

    • Evelyn Myers SEVIERVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      The families of this couple have gone through so much already ...let them be at peace. There was more than enough evidence to convict the killers of this horrendous crime the first time.

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    • Georgia Martin MIDDLESBORO, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      These two families have already lost their children,They should not have to go through this injustice all over again & again.This is such nonsense,The jury is the ones that found the murderers guilty.Not the judge.Please have some COMPASSION FOR THESE TWO FAMILIES,They have been through enough! Let CHANNON & CHRIS REST IN PEACE thats the least the JUDICIAL SYSTEM CAN DO FOR THEM!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Lillie Martin MIDDLESBORO, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      If there were ANY chance at all of different outcomes, I would be all for it. But, they are all four guilty! They were already found guilty by a jury of their peers, and that is what is required by law.

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    • vickie diaz STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Plenty of evidence was already given and proven enough in original trials. Semen on her clothes, fingerprint and her body in house all their stuff at house and cobbins testimony and etc what more do u need to make a decision? I believe in system and believe in fair trial for all by worrying so much about the criminals rights the two victims and their families have proving who did it so I see no reason for retrials. Who what when where all already proven even with crazy judge finish this already and let families live in peace...long time coming. Even the high judge can't ruin the mountain of combined evidence against the defendants. These kids didn't get second chance no reason rape and murder them. People have be responsible for choices they make. I would pick this case along with the opposite situation whites on blacks as well and make example out of all by serving death penalty to all because 3 squares a day and free rent isn't exactly punishment. I think davidson and eric boyd did much more but destroyed in fire. I believe boyd was the racist one and george was to afraid stand up to davidson so he was a yes person and partcipated in

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    • Toni Beaudin WARREN, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I'm white! And I'm sick of the 'race card' being played against us on a non-stop, continuous basis.

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