Four men charged in Knoxville double murder investigation

Four men charged in Knoxville double murder investigation

January 12, 2007

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Four men are charged in connection with the double murder of a young Knoxville couple who was carjacked on a date.

A Knoxville police spokesman says all four suspects are being held on federal charges related to the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23. However, none of the four have been charged with the killings.

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All four men were arrested Thursday. They are: Lemaricus Davidson, 25, Eric DeWayne Boyd, Letalvis Cobbins, 24, and George Thomas.

Lemaricus Davidson was in federal court in Knoxville Friday morning. He faces three charges in connection with the murders including federal carjacking and possession of a firearm. Davidson could face the death penalty if convicted.

In affidavits released Friday, Davidson is accused of stealing cell phones from Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian.

Investigators also say Davidson's fingerprint was found in Christian's Toyota 4-Runner.

Eric Boyd was also in federal court Friday. He is charged as an accessory to the crime. According to the complaint, he led police to a vacant home at 1800 Reynolds Street where Davidson was hiding with a .22 caliber revolver. 

Boyd said he was supposed to return to that house with food for Davidson. He said the pair had broken into the house and hidden there after intense media attention on the murders.

According to the criminal complaint, Davidson told Boyd the original plan was to do a carjacking. Davidson said one of the suspects walked up to Christian's SUV with a gun and forcibly abducted her and Newsom. He said the suspects took the pair and their SUV to Davidson's house on Chipman Avenue.

Cobbins and Thomas appeared in federal court in Louisville, Ky. Friday. They will face a judge in an extradition hearing on Wednesday, January 17.  

According to the U.S. Marshals Office in Kentucky, multiple suspects carjacked Christian and Newsom the night they disappeared.

Newsom was shot multiple times while Christian was held hostage for a number of days before she was also shot to death.

Her body was found in a rental house Tuesday on the 2300 block of Chipman Street in East Knoxville. Investigators also found an M1 carbine rifle there.

Newsom's body was found Sunday afternoon along the railroad tracks near 9th Ave. Christian's SUV was found nearby.

The family of Channon Christian released a statement Friday morning through the Knox County Sheriff's Office. It reads, "The family of Channon Christian would like to thank everyone for all their prayers and everything that has been done during this time. We have lost someone who was very beautiful and loving. We are grateful for the outpouring of help that this community has given us and would not be able to get through this without you. We also want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies for all of their hard work."

6 News Reporters Sonu Wasu and Adam Longo contributed to this report.

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