Cobbins' half-brother still wants Knox Co. jury to hear case

Cobbins' half-brother still wants Knox Co. jury to hear case

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- On the same day the jury is deliberating his half-brother's fate for the carjacking, rapes and murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, Lemaricus Davidson's attorneys said he still wants a Knox County jury for his trial.

Davidson is charged in the same case as his half-brother, Letalvis Cobbins, but he hasn't been tried yet.

Cobbins stood trial in Knox County with a jury from the Nashville area, due to the amount of pre-trial publicity in the case.

Judge Richard Baumgartner told Davidson's attorneys at the start of the hearing, "I'm concerned about jury selection." They first requested a Knox County jury in July. 

The judge said this case has garnered community attention like no other case and he's worried about finding an impartial jury for Davidson. He believes the selection process may take up to two weeks.

Davidson's attorney, Doug Trant, said they didn't come to the decision lightly, have discussed it with Davidson as recently as Monday morning and still wish to have a Knox County jury.

Selection starts on September 21 and a pool of at least 1,000 potential jurors is expected. The process will begin next week with questionnaires.

Judge Baumgartner said it's Davidson's right to have a Knox County jury.

His attorneys have also filed a motion to suppress a search warrant. That was sent to an appeals court.

The judge is presiding over Davidson's hearing and the trial of Davidson's half-brother, Letalvis Cobbins, which are both in the City County Building.


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