Two men plead not guilty in Knoxville double murder case

Two men plead not guilty in Knoxville double murder case

January 18, 2007

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Two of the suspects indicted in connection to the double murder of a young Knoxville couple pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Lemaricus Davidson and Eric Boyd entered their pleas during an arraignment in federal court.

As family members openly grieved, new details emerged in court about the relationship between Boyd, Davidson and two other suspects in this case, Latalvis Cobbins and George Thomas.

Prosecutors painted a picture of the men as a gang of armed robbers.

Based on statements from witnesses and friends, federal prosecutors say Boyd and some of the other suspects have been responsible for several armed robberies of Subway and Wishbone restaurants in the area.

They're also suspected in several home invasions. And one witness told police the men were planning to rob a bank.

New details were also revealed about the murders of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian.

Prosecutors say Davidson told Boyd that he choked Christian while Thomas shot Newsom and burned his body with gasoline.

Boyd pleaded not guilty to the charge of being an accessory. He could be sentenced to prison for 7.5 years for the crime.

Boyd's attorney asked the judge to release him from jail. The judge will issue a written motion soon.

Lamaricus Davidson also pleaded not guilty. He is charged with carjacking and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He could go to prison for life or face death for the crimes.

Federal prosecutors stress they are still in the early stages of the investigation. The charges against the men could change.

A trial date for both men has been for March 28.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Boyd is being held in the Knox County Jail and Davidson is being held in Blount County.

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