Boyd convicted as accessory in double murder case

Boyd convicted as accessory in double murder case

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Defense attorney Phil Lomonaco says it was a tough case, but the facts weren't overwhelming and they may appeal the verdict. Defense attorney Phil Lomonaco says it was a tough case, but the facts weren't overwhelming and they may appeal the verdict.
"One down, four to go," said Channon's father, Gary Christian. "Today ain't the last and Eric Boyd's going to hear from us. That's a guarantee." "One down, four to go," said Channon's father, Gary Christian. "Today ain't the last and Eric Boyd's going to hear from us. That's a guarantee."
Christopher Newsom's father, Hugh, said, "It doesn't take the hurt away from losing a great son, but at least there's some consolation that this guy is off of the street and he won't be on the street for some time to come." Christopher Newsom's father, Hugh, said, "It doesn't take the hurt away from losing a great son, but at least there's some consolation that this guy is off of the street and he won't be on the street for some time to come."

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A federal jury found a man guilty Wednesday of being an accessory in a Knoxville couple's murders.

After five hours of deliberations, Eric Boyd was found guilty of two counts as an accessory after the fact of the murders of Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, in January 2007.

The counts include knowing about the murders and concealing the knowledge from police. 

Three men and a woman are charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering the couple.

Boyd is scheduled to be sentenced on August 12. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

The jurors and the prosecution wouldn't comment about the trial when it was finished.

However, defense attorney Phil Lomonaco says it was a tough case, but the facts weren't overwhelming and they may appeal the verdict.

Victims' families react

Boyd's family wasn't in the court room when the verdict was read. However, the families of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were present.

"One down, four to go," said Channon's father, Gary Christian. "Today ain't the last and Eric Boyd's going to hear from us. That's a guarantee."

When asked what he meant by that, Gary said, "No comment."

Channon's mother, Deena Christian, says the Boyd family has "no idea" what they've been through losing their child and "no right" to say what they've said about their feelings.

"Channon's sitting on our shoulders," Deena adds. "We've been through the worst. Our kids are dead, the Newsom's and Channon, so whatever else we have to endure, we will, whatever it takes, for as long as it takes."

Christopher Newsom's father, Hugh, said, "It doesn't take the hurt away from losing a great son, but at least there's some consolation that this guy is off of the street and he won't be on the street for some time to come." 

Christopher's mother, Mary, says one of her remaining questions is, "Why? Why did they not just let them go? If all they wanted was the car, why didn't they just let the kids go? They could have avoided all of this."

Both families say the case won't get any easier with four trials still ahead and the gruesome details of their children's murders will always with hard to hear.

Jury had question for court

Earlier Wednesday, jurors had a question for the court on the language of Boyd's indictment that caused about an hour and 45 minute delay.

They wanted to know whether it should be worded with an "and" or an "or" when referring to whether Boyd comforted, assisted and/or aided Lemaricus Davidson hide from police.

Judge Tom Varlan advised the jurors that they must consider whether the prosecution has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt and re-read the legal statues to them.

The jury was handed the case Tuesday afternoon, but Judge Varlan allowed them to wait until Wednesday morning to begin deliberating so they could have additional time to review evidence.

Defense attorney says client feels for families

In an interview with local media after deliberations were underway, the defense attorney said the trial is emotional for everyone involved and his client feels bad for the families of the victims.

During jury selection, Judge Varlan denied a request to let Lomonaco read a statement written by Boyd to the court.

Lomonaco won't release the statement, but says it discusses Boyd's sympathy for the victims' families.

Latest mistrial motion denied

The latest mistrial motion by Lomonaco was denied by Judge Varlan Wednesday morning before deliberations began.

Lomonaco had argued that Tuesday's closing arguments were too emotionally charged since the prosecution told the jury the families deserved justice.

6 News Reporters Hana Kim and Harlow Sumerford contributed to this report.

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