Thomas was convicted of all 38 counts against him including especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and theft of property.
The jurors, seven women and five men, got the case Monday afternoon and deliberated for about two hours before wrapping for the night. They started again Tuesday morning at 9:00. Word came of their decision just before 1:30. The total deliberation time was about five-and-a-half hours.
Thomas' mother and aunt were in court for the verdict. They've attended the trial since it began on December 1.
He was accused of 12 separate offenses against Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom.
The couple was carjacked, each raped multiple times and murdered on the weekend of January 6-7, 2007.
Thomas could have been found guilty of lesser charges including facilitation of the murders, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, reckless homicide or criminally negligent homicide.
Thomas' convictions more severe than Cobbins, Davidson
The guilty convictions of George Thomas on all 38 counts against him were the most severe convictions a jury in the Christian-Newsom murders has returned, although the state had no DNA evidence or fingerprints from Thomas.
He was tried by a jury brought to Knoxville from Hamilton County.
Chris' mother and father, Mary and Hugh Newsom, took the stand and rehearsed the statements they would read to jurors if Thomas has a sentencing hearing.
The Newsoms also rehearsed their statements for the trials of Letalvis Cobbins and his half-brother, LeMaricus Davidson.
But the Newsoms didn't get to read their statements in Cobbins' trial because he was only convicted of the facilitation of Chris' murder.
The Christians have rehearsed their impact statements and given them in the Cobbins and Davidson trials because both men were convicted of murdering Channon.
Thomas was in the court room for the rehearsals, but had no visible reaction.
When she took the stand, Mary Newsom, said Chris "was the type of son any mother would be proud to have."
"You just can't get the images out of your mind about what happened," Mary said. "I have many sleepless nights."
She said Chris was a talented artist and athlete who loved going to the beach and NASCAR.
She said on his last Christmas with his family, he said he didn't want anything but "world peace."
When Hugh Newsom took the stand, he wore a button with Chris' photo pinned on his jacket. Judge Baumgartner reminded him that he can't wear it in front of jury. Hugh said he knew that. Mary wore her button on the stand for her rehearsal also.
"I go up to (Chris') room from time to time. It's full of trophies, ribbons and medals, but it's empty," Hugh said.
Hugh's voice cracked as he said, "I know he was scared having to walk with cold mud caked on his feet to his execution spot, but I know his last thought was his concern for Channon."
"If I could give all my money and live on the streets to get Chris back, I would do it. That's how much I miss him."
"This Christmas, remember the Christian and Newsom families," Hugh said, "because there will be an empty seat at the tables." His words caused his wife to weep.
Deena Christian said her Channon "was beautiful inside and out," loved her brother, was daddy's girl and her mother's best friend.
Channon was a sociology major a senior at the University of Tennessee when she was killed and wanted to help children for a living.
"Did Channon and Chris suffer? What do you think?" Deena asked as her husband, Gary, stared at Thomas.
"My perfect family is now broken," Deena said, as she looked at Thomas.
Deena said she and Gary failed Channon because "We were unable to keep her safe."
She also said the defendants could have kept Channon's Toyota 4Runner, but they wanted their daughter back.
"You never think anything like this could happen, but it can and it did. I hope she can forgive us for failing to protect her."
"There's a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. I miss my little peanut," Deena said, she fought back tears and stepped down from the stand.
Gary cried as he read his statement. He said Channon's greatest wish was to one day have four children.
He said Channon loved her brother and followed him through five states as he played ball, telling him to "cowboy up" when he got down.
Gary looked at Thomas as he said, "The pain won't go away. I hope some way, some day, she can forgive me. I want her to know once and for all I love her more."
He left the stand staring at Thomas, who didn't look back. Then Gary and Deena hugged each other.