Mothers take the stand in Day 2 of the Coleman trial

Christian, Newsom mothers take the stand in Day 2 of the Coleman trial

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Tim Schade, a fingerprint expert with the Knoxville Police Department, and Assistant DA Leland Price hold up the garbage can in which Christian's body was found/ Tim Schade, a fingerprint expert with the Knoxville Police Department, and Assistant DA Leland Price hold up the garbage can in which Christian's body was found/
Mary Newsom took the stand and identified some of her son's clothing. Mary Newsom took the stand and identified some of her son's clothing.
Daphne Sutton, LeMaricus Davidson's former girlfriend, testified about the time she spent at the Chipman Street house. Daphne Sutton, LeMaricus Davidson's former girlfriend, testified about the time she spent at the Chipman Street house.

By GENE PATTERSON and STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Anchor and 6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Testimony in the retrial of Christian-Newsom defendant Vanessa Coleman continued Tuesday with victim Channon Christian's mother, Deena, and Christopher Newsom's mother, Mary, taking the stand.

More information about the murders and the cases can be found here.

Coleman is being tried for a second time for her role in the torture, rape, murder and robbery of Christian and Newsom.

The results of her first trial were thrown out because Judge Richard Baumgartner revealed that he was addicted to pain pills while he resided over her original trial.

Sixteen witnesses were called to the stand during the first day of testimony.

Fingerprint expert testifies

On Wednesday morning, Tim Schade, a fingerprint expert with the Knoxville Police Department, took the stand.

Schade went through the evidence collected from the Chipman Street house where Christian's body was found, including the garbage can that her body was stuffed inside.

Christian's father, Gary, became visibly distraught at the site of the garbage can, rocking back and forth in his seat and appearing to try to contain himself.

During cross examination, Schade testified that he found a number of Davidson and Cobbins' fingerprints on the garbage bag Christian was tied up inside, but that none were Coleman's.

Mothers testify

Mary Newsom, the mother of victim Christopher Newsom, took the stand briefly.

The retrial does not include charges against Coleman for Newsom's torture and death because Coleman was acquitted of the charges in her original trial and to try her again would constitute double jeopardy.

Mary Newsom described the last time she saw her son and identified some items of clothing that belonged to him.

Deena Christian, the mother of Channon Christian, took the stand next.

She spoke about Channon as a student, saying she worked two jobs while attending school full time.

She told prosecutors about going through the clothing that Channon received for Christmas.

She described the night of Channon's death and the last time her husband spoke with their daughter.

Christian described waiting for Channon to come home, saying she never did, and how she called 911, hoping to track Channon down with her cell phone.

She testified about searching for Channon herself and finding her Four Runner in East Knoxville near Chipman Street.

Prosecutors asked Christian what happened when she heard the news about Channon's death.

"What do you do? My daughter's dead. What do you do?" Christian said.

She described personal items of Channon's found at the crime scene. She drew a smile from jurors when she was shown a grocery receipt.

"It's not hers," said Christian. "Channon didn't cook."

More forensics experts take the stand

TBI agent Linda Littlejohn was questioned about strips of cloth found with both Channon and Chris during their autopsies, connecting the crimes.

Bank representatives from Knoxville TVA Employee's Credit Union and First Tennessee Bank testified about the victims' bank accounts and the charges that were made to the accounts around and after their deaths.

During cross examination, Defense Attorney Theodore Lavit asked both workers if they had any information on the accounts that was connected to Coleman. Both replied that they did not.

Judge Blackwood called a recess for lunch just before noon.

Juror questioned

After the lunch break, concerns were raised about Juror #6, who appeared to be nodding off during some of the testimony.

After a lengthy conversation, Judge Blackwood decided to keep him on the jury.

Acquaintances of the defendants testify

Several acquaintances of the four defendants were called to the stand next.

Darin Williams testified about seeing LeMaricus Davidson during the crime period and said he saw Davidson in the 4Runner.

Taylor Shadix, a coworker of LeMaricus Davidson's girlfriend Daphne Sutton, also testified.

Shadix said Davidson called her looking for Sutton and gave him a ride to her. Sutton had left Chipman Street earlier and was angry. She said she never saw Coleman.

Kayla Troutt, another coworker of Sutton's, testified that she had stayed with Sutton and Davidson in December of 2006. She said that the weekend of the murders, Davidson called her incessantly looking for Sutton.

Troutt also said that around end of 2006, she went with Sutton to get her belongings at the Chipman Street and saw Coleman there.

This was the first testimony in the retrial that connected Coleman to the house.

She also testified that Davidson played very loud music at the house.

A third coworker of Sutton's, Cassie Suttles, talked about taking Sutton to the Chipman Street house to get her things. She said it was the same day that Christian was held captive at the home.

She said Sutton went in by herself and came out with a store bag and that Davidson came to her apartment later than evening in the 4Runner and spoke with Sutton.

Davidson spent night with them. Suttles said that on the following Tuesday they heard from Sutton's mother about the crimes and got Davidson out of the apartment.

After Davidson left, she said they looked through the contents of the store bag, which contained Channon's belongings.

LeMaricus Davidson's girlfriend Daphne Sutton testifies

Daphne Sutton took the stand herself later in the afternoon.

She told prosecutors that she began dating Davidson in Oct. 2006 and that they lived together at the Chipman Street house with her two children.

She said that she knew Davidson's brother Letalvis Cobbins and had seen Coleman at the Chipman Street house. She said that Coleman had slept in a back bedroom.

She told the state the house was very small and compact, which made it possible to hear everything going in the house.

Sutton said she moved out of the house after Christmas because the home was burglarized and vandalized.

The conversation turned back to noise in the house. Sutton said it would be hard to hear things going on if the radio was up loud in the house. She said that neighbors never complained about the volume.

Speaking about Davidson, Sutton said that while they were dating he would put his hands around her neck during arguments.

The next questions directed at Sutton revolved around incidents that happened the day she picked up personal belongings at the home.

She said that when she entered the Chipman Street house, things were quiet and she noticed a chair propped up against the bathroom. She said Davidson would not let her inside the room.

She testified that Coleman was not there, but three men were.

Of the clothes she retrieved, Sutton said she thought they would be new, but found that they weren't, so she called Davidson and returned all of the clothing except a pair of blue jeans.

She said she noticed that he had given her a red skirt, which she found odd because he hated the color. She also noticed that Davidson was wearing a new pair of shoes.

When prosecutors showed her a picture of Newsom's shoes, she confirmed that they were the shoes Davidson had been wearing.

Sutton testified about receiving a call from her mother about the crimes and said she told Davidson and then dropped him off.

Court proceedings wrapped up around 6:30 p.m.

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