Christian and Newsom families prepare for another trial in children's murders

Christian and Newsom families prepare for another trial in children's murders

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"I keep hoping they look me in the eye one time so they can see what I am thinking, but they won't because they are all cowards," says Channon's father, Gary Christian. "I keep hoping they look me in the eye one time so they can see what I am thinking, but they won't because they are all cowards," says Channon's father, Gary Christian.
"The same photographs will be shown. The same mud will be kicked on the bottom of Chris's feet showing where he walked through that muddy field to his death from those animals and that is what they are, absolute animals," says Chris' father, Hugh Newsom. "The same photographs will be shown. The same mud will be kicked on the bottom of Chris's feet showing where he walked through that muddy field to his death from those animals and that is what they are, absolute animals," says Chris' father, Hugh Newsom.

By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- As they have been for every hearing and every day of the previous trials, the parents of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom were seated in the front row for Monday's final motions hearing.

The murder trial for George Thomas begins Tuesday morning. He's accused in the 2007 carjacking, rapes and murders of Channon and Chris.

Thomas wasn't in the courtroom Monday. The families view his absence as an insult.

"I keep hoping they look me in the eye one time so they can see what I am thinking, but they won't because they are all cowards," says Channon's father, Gary Christian.

By now, both families are prepared for what they'll see and hear through the course of a trial. But they say being prepared, doesn't make it easier.

"The same photographs will be shown. The same mud will be kicked on the bottom of Chris's feet showing where he walked through that muddy field to his death from those animals and that is what they are, absolute animals," says Chris' father, Hugh Newsom.

George Thomas' co-defendants, Letalvis Cobbins and Lemaricus Davidson, were both found guilty in this case.

Davidson was given the death penalty. Cobbins was given given life without parole.

Although Thomas' involvement in the murders is less clear, the families are still confident he'll be convicted.

"There is no other way to find him but guilty," says Channon's mother, Deena Christian.

"He was there the whole time, he could've stopped it and he didn't. He didn't care," Gary adds.

Thomas' trial begins Tuesday.


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