Judge to issue written ruling in Eric Boyd’s request for new trial in Christian-Newsom case

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Less than three months after his conviction, Eric Boyd was back in court Friday for a hearing as he fights for a new trial in the Christian-Newsom murders.

Earlier this year, Eric Boyd was found guilty on 36 charges related to the carjacking, kidnapping, rape and murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in 2007.

He was given two life sentences plus 90 years.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee heard arguments from Boyd’s attorney, Clinton Frazier, and state prosecutors. He said he would issue a written ruling “for the sake of clarity and consistency.”

“The state of Tennessee in presenting these cases have presented five different things that have happened,” said Frazier, referring to multiple trials involving the 5 co-defendants.

Frazier also asked that his client be returned to federal custody. McGee agreed with prosecutors that Boyd should continue to be held in Knox County.

In court documents, Boyd’s attorney cites several reasons Boyd should get a new trial including insufficient evidence and holes in one of the testimonies admitted during Boyd’s trial back in August.

The motion also claims that moving the trial out of Knox County would allow a new trial citing “undue excitement against the defendant.

Frazier, also citing the use of Adrienne Mathis’ testimony during Boyd’s August trial. Mathis is Boyd’s cousin.

We’ll keep you updated with the judge’s decision on Friday.

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