Judge rules searches valid for Christian - Newsom murder house

Judge rules searches valid for Christian - Newsom murder house


KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The judge has sided with the prosecution Tuesday in pre-trial rulings involving the 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

Three men and one woman are charged in the case: Letalvis Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson,  George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman.

Judge Richard Baumgartner ruled that investigators had every right to search the Chipman Street home where Christian's body was found in January 2007.

This means all the evidence found in four searches of the home will be used against the defendants in their trials.

The defense teams argued in court last week that search warrants for the home were invalid and evidence was tampered with. They also said one warrant wasn't signed properly.

Judge Baumgartner said there's no dispute that the warrant was missing a signature, but it was still clear and was shown to a judge as required.

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