Parents of Channon Christian speak on eve of Coleman retrial

Parents of Channon Christian speak on eve of Coleman retrial

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By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  The retrial for Vanessa Coleman begins Tuesday. She is charged with facilitating the rape, theft and murder of Channon Christian.

Channon's parents, Gary and Deena Christian, spoke to 6 News on the eve of the trial. They said Tuesday is another path on the long awaited road to the justice they seek for their daughter.

It's a road Gary Christian said he is only on because of a promise his wife made to Channon; a promise that she would be there every step of the way.

"I'm going to fulfill mine and she's going to fulfill hers," Gary Christian said. "If it wasn't for her promise to Channon, I wouldn't be there tomorrow."

The Christians have been there for every hearing and every moment of the trials, and they are frustrated by the fact that they have to do it all over again.

"It's the system that has us going back in there tomorrow," Gary Christian said.

Coleman faces multiple charges for the murder of 21-year-old Channon. Coleman was acquitted in the charges related to Chris Newsom.

The Christians said they don't think that is fair.

"It's not double jeopardy," Deena Christian said. "They asked for something and they got it, so why shouldn't it go from square one? As far as I'm concerned, she's getting away with murder anyway."

The Christians said there is simply anger going into tomorrow's trial.

"Nobody likes to get beat silly and that's what these things to do you," Gary Christian said.

 It's an anger towards Coleman, who they said is receiving a second chance. It is a chance their daughter will never have the chance to receive.

"We do what we have to do because Channon and Chris both deserve justice," Deena Christian said. "It won't be fun but not everything in life is fun."

Vanessa Coleman was the only woman charged in the Christian-Newsom case. She and the three other defendants were granted retrials after former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner admitted to using pain killers. The other retrials have been put on hold.

Coleman's trial begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Knox County.

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