FBI investigating death threats against Davidson defense team

FBI investigating death threats against Davidson defense team


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The FBI is investigating death threats against LeMaricus Davidson's defense team, the attorneys said Friday.

Attorneys David Eldridge and Doug Trant told 6 News they have received numerous threats to themselves and their families since they took on the defense of Davidson. He is one of four defendants charged in the abduction, rapes and murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

"We're not going to be intimidated," said Trant.

Trant and Eldridge said they both received an anonymous letter threatening their lives and their families.

"It makes you feel a little bit sick personally," said Trant.

FBI agents are concentrating their investigation on letters sent to the attorneys.

"We have the letters and they will be going through several forensic analysis," said Agent Rick Lambert.

Lambert emphasized that any attempt to fear tactics to obstruct the legal system is taken seriously. 

The defense attorneys said they will prosecute anyone who is identified making threats against them, saying they will not be bullied or back down from providing Davidson legal counsel.

"Neither Doug or I sought this case. but when you take a job and you commit to court to represent someone we are going to do our very best," said Eldridge.

Davidson, as well as Vanessa Coleman and George Thomas, face the possibility of the death penalty if they are convicted on first degree murder charges in the deaths of Christian and Newsom.

The fourth defendant, Letalvis Cobbins, was given a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for his role in the crimes when he was found guilty in his trial in August.

Opening arguments in Davidson's trial are set for Monday.


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