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The state was not certain how many phone calls were considered in court Monday during a hearing, but there are 37 pages in the transcripts, which weren't released.
The attorneys and Judge Richard Baumgartner combed through the transcript detailing phone calls Cobbins made to friends while in jail.
The judge ruled to allow all the calls as evidence except one and he reserved judgment on two calls.
In one of the calls, the judge is waiting to decide to admit as evidence, Cobbins talks about being in the gang called the Crips with his co-defendant and half-brother, Lemaricus Davidson.
The state argued this call shows Cobbins corroborated on the crime.
"I think this shows that Mr. Cobbins was afraid of Mr. Davidson and that's why he didn't report this crime. This is not only his fellow brother but also his fellow ganger member," argued Knox County Assistant District Attorney Takisha Fitzgerald.
Judge Baumgartner agreed saying he did not hear anything about gang activity until last Friday.
In another call, Cobbins talks about being a father himself.
"My baby mama, she has two girls. I'm the only father they really know. They say I'm the daddy. If something like that happened to them, I would go crazy. You hear me? The people that did it, they would have consequences," Fitzgerald quoted Cobbins as saying.
This elicited a strong reaction from Channon Christian's father, Gary, who rocked back and forth in his seat.
"I finally found one thing I can agree with him on. Whoever did this to my daughter, they are going to pay the consequences. He can go to bed, rest assured that is going to happen," Gary said.
Gary and his wife, Deana Christian, say they're more than ready for Cobbins' trial to start. "I've been ready for two and a half years," Gary said.
Jury selection resumes Wednesday. The jury is being brought in from Davidson County, where Nashville is the county seat. However, the trial will be conducted in Knoxville.