Over 90 percent of Davidson jury pool had already heard of case

Over 90 percent of Davidson jury pool had already heard of case

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By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- As the court narrows the jury selection process for the trial of LeMaricus Davidson, it says more than 90 percent of the original jury pool had already heard about the case.

Davidson is the alleged ringleader in the 2007 Christian-Newsom murders. He's the only defendant of the four to insist on a jury from Knox County.

Pre-trial publicity in Knoxville has caused the court to select juries from other Tennessee counties for the other defendants.

Judge Richard Baumgartner and attorneys for both sides have gone over all 386 questionnaires filled out by potential jurors on Tuesday for Davidson's trial.

The court says around 250 people in that jury pool will be brought back on September 21 when the selection process continues.

Many of the people who were dismissed said they couldn't put their opinions aside. Others were dismissed for personal reasons.

The jury for the third defendant scheduled to go on trial for the murders, George Thomas, is being selected in Hamilton County.

Davidson's half-brother, Letalvis Cobbins, was tried and convicted in Knoxville by a jury selected from Davidson County.

Cobbins was sentenced in August to life in prison without parole.


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