The 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, both in their early 20s at the time of their deaths, have both captivated and angered Knoxville-area residents for several years. The case has made national headlines and turned the victims' parents into public figures as they sought justice and raised awareness about their children's deaths.
Four people were eventually found guilty of commiting or facilitating the couple's rape, torture and murder. The judge in those trials later admitted an addiction to prescription painkillers, resulting in retrials for two of the suspects. Their guilty convictions were upheld.
The first trials
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