KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The jury began deliberating Eric Boyd’s guilt or innocence Monday afternoon and will resume Tuesday morning.
Boyd is on trial or his alleged involvement in the brutal torture, rape and murder of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom a dozen years ago.
WATE 6 On Your Side will continue to bring you live coverage of any new public developments in the high profile trial of Boyd, the fifth person to be tried for the young couple’s murders in 2007.
State prosecutors and Boyd’s defense attorney made final arguments to the jury Monday morning. The jury will consider verdicts in 36 charges against Boyd, already serving an 18-year sentence in federal prison as an accessory for helping alleged ringleader of murders Lamarcus Davidson evade arrest.
In his closing argument, Boyd’s attorney, Clinton Frazier, tried to discredit the state’s key witness George Thomas as having a made a “devil’s bargain” with the state for his testimony.
Thomas is serving a sentence in state prison for his role in the murders. He hopes to get his sentence reduced with his testimony.
The state argued that Thoams’ testimony is but one piece of the puzzle and that the evidence presented during the trial showed Boyd to be an active participant from the very beginning.
“You are the exclusive judges of the credibility of witnesses.” Judge Bob McGee instructed jurors.
The Knox County Criminal Court jury of seven women and five men heard testimony last week from Thomas that implicated Boyd in the murder of Newsom.
The jury also heard and saw the graphic details of the murders from Knox County chief medical examiner, Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan.
The mothers of both victims testified about the last times they heard from their children.
The prosecution laid out a timeline of the murders and called witnesses to try to pinpoint where Boyd during key events from carjacking at an apartment complex to the burning of Newsom’s body on a railroad track to the discovery of Christian body in a Chipman Street house.
WATE’s Madisen Keavy is live-tweeting the trial.