Federal appeals court upholds Boyd's accessory conviction

Federal appeals court upholds Boyd's accessory conviction

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Eric Boyd (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Eric Boyd (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of Eric Boyd, who was an accessory in the fatal carjacking of a young Knoxville couple.

Boyd was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for helping to hide LeMaricus Davidson, who was convicted of rape and murder in the 2007 deaths of University of Tennessee student Channon Christian, 21, and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, 23.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling issued Thursday denied Boyd's claims of evidentiary errors, duplicitous indictment and prosecutorial misconduct.

Three other people were convicted in the case: Davidson's half brother Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas, a friend of Cobbins, and Cobbins' then girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman.

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