Davidson guilty in Christian-Newsom murders case

Davidson guilty in Christian-Newsom murders case

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"We finally have the justice that we deserve," said Chris Newsom's mother, Mary. "For Chris and Channon," his father, Hugh, added. "We finally have the justice that we deserve," said Chris Newsom's mother, Mary. "For Chris and Channon," his father, Hugh, added.
At one point, Davidson told investigators he didn't have sex with the victims and he'd never seen them. At one point, Davidson told investigators he didn't have sex with the victims and he'd never seen them.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The jury found LeMaricus Devall Davidson guilty of all the murder charges and several other crimes in the Christian-Newsom case.

Davidson was charged with 38 counts in the carjacking, rapes and murders of Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, in January 2007.

The jury found Davidson guilty of the lesser charge of facilitating Newsom's rapes, rather than raping Newsom himself.

Davidson was found guilty of raping Christian.

He was also found guilty of especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and theft.

Verdict forms

The jury had a 95 page jury form to go through, plus the verdict forms were 41 pages.

Click here to read the charge form.

Click here to read the verdict forms.

Families: We finally have justice

"We finally have the justice that we deserve," said Chris Newsom's mother, Mary. "For Chris and Channon," his father, Hugh, added.

When Davidson's half-brother, Letalvis Cobbins, was tried in August, he was found guilty of facilitating Newsom's murder and of murdering Christian.

"They should not have been drug through the mud," said Channon Christian's father, Gary, said.

When asked what sentence they want for Davidson, Hugh Newsom said, "Both of our kids are dead and he deserves nothing less."

The Newsoms and Christians all said they believe since a jury from Knox County found Davidson guilty, the other juries should be from Knox County as well.

However, the jury for the trial of George Thomas, the next defendant in the Christian-Newsom murders, is being selected in Hamilton County. The trial will be held in Knoxville.

Sentencing hearing Thursday

The death penalty is a possible sentence for Davidson. It's up to the jury to decide his sentence. There will be a sentencing hearing on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Davidson could also be sentenced to life in prison without parole or life in prison.

In the sentencing hearing, the state and the defense both present their arguments, then the jury will deliberate.

The state has to prove aggravating factors beyond a reasonable doubt to get the death penalty. But the defense can present mitigating factors that may convince the jurors to choose a lesser sentence.

Verdict after jurors watch Davidson's police interrogation

The jurors, seven men and five women, deliberated for about eight hours total in the case. They spent nearly five hours deliberating Tuesday before breaking for the night around 5:00. They got the case at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The jurors watched about an hour-and-a-half of the two hour video tape of Davidson's police interrogation video again Wednesday morning before telling the judge they had seen enough. It was shown in court last Thursday as well, during testimony.

The jurors asked if the tape could be zoomed in to see Davidson's face or have the volume raised, but the judge said there was no capability to do either.

It was shown in the court room, which the judge didn't agree to close. The defense had objected saying it should be shown privately since the jurors are deliberating.

The interrogation was edited and Davidson's prior "bad acts" were removed by an order from the judge.


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