Guilty plea in robbery after Christian-Newsom murders

Guilty plea in robbery after Christian-Newsom murders

LeMaricus Davidson in 2009 LeMaricus Davidson in 2009

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - LeMaricus Davidson pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing a Pizza Hut a day after the Christian-Newsom murders, in which he faces a second trial.

Davidson, who had a felony record, could receive eight years for the robbery. He pleaded to charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and possession of gun.

He will serve his term concurrent with whatever sentence he's expected to receive for the slayings of Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Chris Newsom.

The couple was carjacked on January 7, 2007, taken to Davidson's rental house, tortured and killed, according to investigators. Davidson is again facing the death penalty in the case.

He and three defendants were previously convicted in the cases, but the verdicts were thrown out in December by Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood. The action followed a guilty plea to official misconduct by presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner.

Davidson robbed a Pizza Hut on N. Broadway on January 8, 2007. He was scheduled to go to trial beginning Monday.

The new trials for Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman are slated to start this summer.

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