The Killings of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom
by Lewis Loflin
Race is a touchy subject in America. In fact it’s an obsession. When I ended up with this picture (click here) via an e-mail chat group, I was skeptical. After all, I live in Bristol Virginia/Tennessee only 90 miles from Knoxville. This horror story never made it into the local press that I know of. Anna Nicole Smith, the Duke Rape Case fraud, and Imus drowned us out.
If it had been reported, it was certain we would never know the race of the felons, or that at least one of the five was a released felon. Because of the explosive issue of race, accusations of media bias, and lack of information from Knoxville authorities, we have far more than just two wonderful young people slaughtered by some savages. It’s a political correctness freak show.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Update January 2012: Unbelievable. The killers to get new trials because Judge was on drugs! See Jurors reject new trials ruling in Christian-Newsom murders
Christian/Newsom Murders in Knoxville:
- Early News reports on Christian/Newsom Killings Hide Race of Killers
- Rape, Mutilation, and Murder: The Christian/Newsom Story
- Channon Christian and Chris Newsom: facts versus rumors
- Eric Boyd Found Guilty
- Letalvis “Rome” Cobbins Found Guilty
- Lemaricus Davidson Goes on Trial, Found Guilty
- My Disclaimer against racists
- The Duke Lacrosse Case Vs Knoxville
- The white James Byrd and black crime statistics
Added January 2012
- Black Robbery Suspects Run Down Washington County Tennessee Deputy
- Feral Black Male Opens Fire at Kingsport Waffle House
- Killers of 12-Year-Old Emily Haddock Get Plea Bargain
- Illegal Alien Population Floods Tri-Cities VA/TN
From the “news”
Quoting an article by James H. Lilley, also stated in other blogs, etc:
On Saturday January 6, 2007 Hugh Christopher Newsom, age 23 and Channon Gail Christian, age 21, both students at the University of Tennessee went out on a date. They were driving in Channon’s Toyota 4-Runner when they were carjacked at gunpoint. Suddenly the crime turned far more savage than an armed car theft. Chris and Channon were kidnapped and driven to 2316 Chipman Street where they were forced into the home at gunpoint. While Channon was forced to watch, her boyfriend was raped prison style and then his penis was cut off. He was later driven to nearby railroad tracks where he was shot and set afire. But Channon’s hell was just beginning. She was beaten; gang raped repeatedly in many ways, had one of her breasts cut off and bleach poured down her throat to destroy DNA evidence-all while she was still alive. To add to Channon’s degradation the suspects took turns urinating on her. They too set her body afire, apparently inside the residence, but for some reason left her body there-in five separate trash bags…
No wonder the police were not releasing this information if it’s true. (Turns out part of it wasn’t) There are endless conflicting news reports on this story at the time. Also, it has been reported by some this was a crack house where people came and went that nobody tried to help them or call police. For the whole article from Mr. Lilly see click here.
Channon Christian and Chris Newsom
Press plays the Race Card Again
Now the Associated Press (August 17, 2009) plays the race card. To quote, A jury was brought in for the case from Davidson County, 150 miles away, in an unusual move to ensure jurors weren’t tainted by pretrial publicity. They are sequestered in a hotel and barred by the judge from following news coverage of the trial. The victims were white and middle class, and the defendants are poor and black. Some conservative Internet commentators and white supremacist agitators accused the national media of reverse discrimination by failing to give the case the same attention paid to white-on-black hate crimes.
First the social class of the victims doesn’t have a damn thing to do with this. The usual liberal racist’ nonsense is to imply all minority criminals because they are “poor” or “down trodden” or whatever somehow excuses their behavior. On the other hand the victims being better off somehow and white had it coming to them or as the liberal racists always imply, the criminal actions of a “coward” like Cobbins is rooted in a racist’ white society.
The same press went into a frenzy at the time over Imus’ comments about the Rutgers girls basketball team, a total non-crime, and participated in the press lynching of three white members of the Duke lacrosse team over the non-rape of a black prostitute. The press, Jackson, Sharpton, etc. never even offered an apology.
In another biased news report:
Conservative commentators and Internet bloggers latched onto the Christian-Newsom killings soon after the crimes occurred. They demonized the national media for ignoring what they considered a black-on-white hate crime and contrasted it to the heavily reported white-on-black Duke lacrosse rape case. But two rallies in Knoxville in 2007 led by white supremacist sympathizers were met with significant anti-protester response and failed to gain traction. No demonstrations are expected now.
Knoxville’s black community has had problems with selective enforcement by police, but that is in the past, said Knoxville NAACP president Sheryl Rollins, an attorney. “In no way does the NAACP condone or support anybody – black, white, Chinese, greenies, whatever – that would do what those people (allegedly) did to those children,” she said.
The “white supremacists” were a whopping total of three people. Everyone else protesting this news bias got lumped in with these three. The reason the three got no traction is they represented nobody because they were just idiots trying to take advantage of the situation. As for Sheryl Rollins, that was the same racist’ NAACP that lynched the Duke lacrosse players in the press and never apologized for it.
Knoxville torture-slaying suspect may have kept journal of crimes
Vanessa Coleman, 18, was arrested by the Lebanon Police Department in Lebanon, Kentucky. She faces 40 Tennessee state charges. Coleman was indicted on 12 counts of felony murder growing out of the rape, robbery, kidnapping, and theft of Christian and Newsom, 1 count of premeditated murder (of Christian only), 1 count of especially aggravated robbery (of Newsom only), 4 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape, and 2 counts of theft. She will be tried last. In each indictment, the large number of rape counts were included to provide a range of options for prosecutors, not to reflect the number of rapes which actually occurred. She will be the last to be put on trial.
Knoxville News Sentinel March – May 14, 2010 extracts.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, in a shocking case that has served up plenty of twists and turns, another startling revelation emerged: Torture slaying suspect Vanessa Coleman may have chronicled the crimes in a journal.
The journal has not yet been made public, so it’s not clear what it says. But its contents are damaging enough that prosecutors want to use it against her at trial, and Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner said from the bench that it is replete with references to the January 2007 slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23.
“I’ve read it, and it certainly seems to be relevant to this incident,” Baumgartner said.
In the end the journal didn’t seem to make much of a difference. “Vanessa Coleman “Not Guilty” on Most Serious Charges.”
(CBS/AP) After a day and a half of deliberation, the jury acquitted Vanessa Coleman of all murder charges in the torture slayings of a young Knoxville couple. Although she was not found guilty on the most serious charges and won’t face a life sentence or the death penalty, Coleman was convicted of facilitating crimes against one of the victims.
As Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner read the counts, the jury found Coleman “not guilty” on the first fourteen, stating “guilty” only on 17 counts that tied Coleman to the murder, rape, and robbery of 23-year-old Channon Christian. The conviction of Coleman ends a string of trials that have been underway since Christian and her 23-year-old boyfriend Christopher Newsom were found murdered, raped, and robbed in January 2007.
There was some controversy over Coleman getting immunity for testifying against the others. “Vanessa Coleman was never granted immunity,” so says the Prosecution. Her sister, Aja took the stand to tell the jury her sister never touched a gun. Vanessa Coleman put her head down on a table for most of the testimony and her mother, Linda Coleman, left the courtroom.
For the fifth time the Newsom/Christian families had to live through the horrific testimony on how their children were tortured, raped, and killed. Excepted for sentencing, this long and tragic parade is almost over.
Prosecutors want max sentence for Vanessa Coleman
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed Friday in Knox County that 22-year-old Vanessa Coleman, of Lebanon, Ky., should get 77 years in prison.
Coleman was convicted earlier this year as a facilitator in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 21-year-old Channon Christian. She was acquitted of charges related to similar crimes committed against Christian’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Christopher Newsom.
Price asked that the sentences on each charge be served consecutively, which would add up to a maximum of 77 years. Sentencing is set for July 30. (AP July 11, 2010)———————————————–The other four convicted were:
Eric DeWayne “E” Boyd, 34, was arrested in connection with the fatal carjacking, though not indicted by the Knox County grand jury. Still, Boyd was charged in United States district court as an accessory after the fact for helping the suspects evade the police. Later, Boyd was also accused by Thomas and Cobbins of rape and murder, and a search warrant was obtained for his DNA. The accusations did not result in charges. SeeBoyd Found Guilty.
U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan has issued an opinion refusing to grant Eric Boyd a new trial, a new sentencing hearing and a chance to poll jurors. Boyd was convicted last year of helping hide out torture-slaying ringleader Lemaricus Davidson in the days following the January 2007 deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23. Varlan sentenced Boyd, also labeled as an unindicted co-conspirator in the murders, to an 18-year sentence.
This was over some problems in the evidence. To quote, “While there is no question that the disclosed documents contained some impeachment material and no question that the government should have disclosed these documents prior to trial, (the information) does not undermine confidence in the verdict,” Varlan wrote.———————————————–
Letalvis “Rome” Cobbins, 24, (b. December 20, 1982) also faces the same 46 charges as Thomas. In 2003, Cobbins was convicted of third-degree attempted robbery in New York state. He and Davidson are brothers. He has also been charged with assaulting a correctional officer while incarcerated pending trial. He was convicted on August 25, 2009 of 33 of the 37 counts against him. Given Life without the possibility of Parole. See Cobbins Found GuiltyUpdate on Cobbins
Letalvis Cobbins will serve his life sentence in medium security prison and that has prompted some questions as to how that decision is made. As for why Cobbins was placed in medium security, state officials said every inmate is given a custody assessment when they are first brought into the system. In Cobbins’ assessment at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex, he was rated at medium on the incarceration level.
Most inmates are initially given a medium classification when entering the system. Because of Cobbins’ felony murder conviction, he will never be dropped to a minimum-security level, meaning he will never be allowed outside the fence. As long as he makes no trouble, he will work for 17 cents an hour at a prison job or attend classes. (Classes for what?) He can roam the facility.———————————————–
Thomas Guilty, Spared death Penalty
George Geovonni “Detroit” Thomas, 27, faces a total of 46 charges. Thomas was indicted on 16 counts of felony murder growing out of the rape, robbery, kidnapping, and theft of Christian and Newsom, 2 counts of premeditated murder, 2 counts of especially aggravated robbery, 4 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape, and 2 counts of theft. Will be tried next.
Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel (11/17/2009) noted of the Thomas trial, “No eyewitnesses. No forensic proof. Circumstantial evidence. Drug-using witnesses. DNA pointing, not to Thomas, but his three co-defendants” as chief prosecutor Takisha Fitzgerald played down expectations. She had to convince the five men and seven women (one of the women was black) of Thomas’ “criminal responsibility.” because of pretrial publicity Judge Baumgartner brought in jurors from Hamilton County.
Defense attorney Tom Dillard has a big problem anyway in that Thomas confessed to being at the Chipman Street house in Knoxville when Channon Christian and Chris Newsom were inside the house. The defence went on it wasn’t his fault what others did. But Thomas’ own words revealed why this should have been a racial hate crime.
According to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Nevil Norman Thomas told him “fuck that white girl, she don’t mean nothin’ to me. You cops come into my neighborhood and kill us. Why should I get involved in something that is none of my business?” This isn’t first racial comment in this case as earlier witnesses testified to racial hatred of carjacker Eric DeWayne “E” Boyd who got 18 years in prison for lesser charges. Knoxville officials are desperate to keep race out of this because the killers were black and blacks are always considered the victims under political correctness.
Norman claimed he said this after a tape recorder had been turned off. He was “shocked” and didn’t write it down for 17 months later on June 2008 after he told Prosecutors. Defence Attorney Dillard questioned Norman on this who replied that, “so much other stuff in this case we were trying to get organized I just didn’t write it down.” Dillard claimed this was not an admission, but in fairness where was council for Thomas? “It’s not relevant,” Dillard said. “It is highly prejudicial.”
The Prosecution countered, “We think it goes straight to motive,” Price said. “What a jury is going to want to know is how you can witness … these horrors and not do anything, and there’s your answer. (Christian) meant nothing to him. He was just out for himself.” Prosecutor Takisha Fitzgerald also wanted to use a phone call Thomas made to Stacy Lawson (girlfriend) he made in jail.
In the end Judge Richard Baumgartner allowed Detective Nevil Norman’s account of the unrecorded exchange about Thomas racist’ remarks to be “credible.” and “it is admissible.” His ex-girlfriend Stacy Lawson will also be testifying in the case as well.
As the trial raged on the earlier tactic of the attorneys of convicted ringleader Lemaricus Davidson (sentenced to death) there was none of this presenting the victims as out to buy drugs. As the press noted of the Prosecution,
“…they have a circumstantial case built around Thomas’ own concession he knew co-defendants Lemaricus Davidson and Letalvis Cobbins were cooking up a carjacking, that he was in the tiny Chipman Street house where the couple was brutalized, took a ride in Christian’s carjacked Toyota 4Runner and cared not one whit about the pair’s fate.”
Yet defence attorney Dillard countered,
“George Thomas didn’t do anything. He did not rob anyone. He did not kidnap anyone. He did not rape anyone. He did not kill anyone. What’s this case about? It’s about what George Thomas didn’t do. It’s about his failure to act. George Thomas was basically detached. He sat in a corner. He smoked his (marijuana) blunt. George Thomas minded his own business. Believe me, that is reprehensible, but it’s not criminal.”
On day three of the trial the jury got to hear the recording of a phone conversation between Thomas and ex-girlfriend Stacy Lawson while he was being held Grayson County Detention Center in Kentucky after being arrested in Lebanon, Ky. This was an arguement that went on between them over Thomas doing nothing to stop the killing.
Lawson, “Why didn’t anybody fucking call (police)? Why didn’t you?”
Thomas, “Come on now.
Lawson, “I mean, that girl did not deserve the (expletive) that she was (expletive) put through. Neither did that boy.”
Thomas, “Should’ve, would’ve could’ve but didn’t.”
On day four Thomas said in a tape recorded statement he knew Davidson and Eric Boyd planned to pull off a carjacking, “When they said they was leaving to go get the car, I’m like, OK, you know what I’m saying, and then they came back with them, them, folks,” Thomas said. “I’m like OK, you know, OK, know they steal a car, not the people that’s in it.”
Thomas admitted seeing Channon Christian blindfolded and being led to a bedroom while blindfolded Chris Newsom being led out of the house shortly after being brought inside. He said Boyd led Newsom out at gunpoint. Thomas claimed he, Cobbins, and Vanessa Coleman went to another drug dealer’s house and when they returned to Chipman Street the next day, the victims weren’t there.
On December 6 the State rested its case. Defence attorneys Tom Dillard and Steve Johnson asked Judge Richard Baumgartner to toss the case out and not even goes to the jury. To quote the Knoxville News Sentinel (Dec. 6),
“More than half of the state’s case last week was devoted to showing proof of the guilt of Davidson and Cobbins, both of whom have already been convicted. But as Dillard repeatedly pointed out during the trial, the pair of prosecutors presented no evidentiary link between Thomas and any of the crimes.
The best the state could offer, in fact, was testimony from a Kentucky rapper who said she saw Thomas handling small-caliber bullets the night before his arrest. Those bullets, however, were not found during a search of her house.”
The Hamilton County jury in the end convicted Thomas, 26, of all counts in the 46-count document ranging from felony murder to first-degree murder to robbery, rape and kidnapping. They deliberated about six hours over two days in reaching their decision. The victims parents were delighted with the sweeping verdict. But to the parents dismay after two hours of deliberation the jury sentenced Thomas to life without parole. Of the four so far convicted in this case only Lemaricus “Slim” Davidson has been sentenced to death.———————————————–
Lemaricus Davidson Goes on Trial, Found Guilty
Lemaricus Devall “Slim” Davidson, 25, (b. June 13, 1981) faces the same 46 charges as Thomas. Davidson had also completed serving a five-year sentence in Tennessee on a previous felony conviction for carjacking and aggravated robbery on August 5, 2006. He was convicted on October 28, 2009 of 46 charges (three of which were not guilty on the indicted charge, but guilty on a lesser included charge). He was sentenced by the Knoxville jury on October 30, 2009 to the death penalty (lethal injection). SeeLemaricus Davidson Goes on Trial, Found Guilty———————————————–
What have we heard from the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and others who rushed to judgment and outrage as they condemned whites in the cases of the “Jena 6” and Don Imus when he referred to the Rutgers ladies basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s”? Where were the national news media and public officials? You can bet the rent money that were the victims black and the perpetrators white, Knoxville would have been inundated with TV crews, with Jackson, Sharpton and other civil rights spokesmen and politicians from both parties condemning racism, possibly blaming it all on George Bush…
- Biased Press Reports on the Derrion Albert and Versus Emily Haddock Murders
- Blacks attack whites on busses, no hate crime charges
- In a School Where Whites are a Minority: 15-year-old Girl Gang Raped
- Suspect in deaths of 4 men at NC store in U.S. illegally
- Leonard Pitts, the Christian/Newsom Killings, and William White
- Pandering to Muslims or Political Correctness in the local press?
- Why Rigoberto Padilla Should Be Deported
- Anti-White Racism and Black “Opportunism” in New Orleans
- Study Says White Families’ Wealth Advantage Has Grown (at the expense of blacks)
- Illegal Aliens Get Government Housing in Maine, Whites Need not Apply
- Four White Teens Hack Mother to Death, Injure Child
- Residents Live in Fear: The Annie Smith Murder
- The Oadis White Serial Murders in Bristol
- Black Gang Executes Two Men in Candle Shop in Kingsport
- The Derick Kesse Murder in Kingsport
- Black Male Abducts Three Children and other Crimes
- Drug Arrests Explode Across Kingsport-Bristol in 2008
- White Male Caught with His Pants Down
- A 911 Call for a Cheeseburger Leads to Two Arrests
- The KKK Rallies in Bristol, Virginia
- Why Crime Rates Have Little to do with Poverty
- Eight Blacks Beat White Nearly to Death; No Hate Crime Charges
- NAACP Racists Join Forces With Louis Farrakhan
- Five Black Football Players Attack White Student in Wise
- The Execution of Matthew Chew by the New London Six
- Facts on Black Crime in Connecticut
- Not Education, But Indoctrination in Chicago Schools
30 Years is Too Long
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It was nearly closing time at Bob Bell’s Nashville convenience store July 5, 1980. In walked Cecil C. Johnson Jr., who lived in the neighborhood and had been a customer for some time. Within a few minutes, three people were dead, including a 12-year-old boy who was the son of the market owner and apparently was helping his dad run the register.
Johnson, 23 at the time and now 53, is to be executed early Wednesday for three counts of murder resulting from a robbery that summer night that netted the holdup man about $200. He’ll be the sixth person put to death in Tennessee since 2000, unless a judge agrees with an effort by his attorneys to ask for a stay of execution. Ref. http://www.wsmv.com Nov. 27, 2009
Tennessee: DR inmate Cecil Johnson Jr. says 29-year delay is cruel and unusual. The man scheduled to be executed in Nashville on Wednesday morning has asked for a stay of execution, saying to kill him by lethal injection after 29 years on death row is cruel and unusual punishment.
Cecil Johnson Jr. was convicted in 1981 for a triple killing at Bob Bell’s Market the previous year and was given 3 death sentences by a jury. It wasn’t until 2008 that his legal options were exhausted and an execution date was set.
His attorney, Jim Thomas, argued in the complaint filed in federal court Wednesday that the execution should be stayed in part because “the state’s manipulations and conduct” have delayed the case. Johnson, now 53, was 23 when he was given the death sentence. Gov. Phil Bredesen denied Johnson’s plea for clemency this week.
Thomas said that all the delays were caused by courts that failed to rule on Johnson’s case for up to three years at a time after hearing some of the arguments, and by the state’s attorneys. “Mr. Johnson has spent this time in mortal suspense, constantly waiting for that uncertain day on which he will be strapped to a chair or a gurney and killed a day that could arrive next week, next month, next year, but also maybe never,” court filings said. “Being forced to persist in a state of constant apprehension of imminent death for nearly three decades amounts to torture.”
A panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Johnson’s appeal in a 2-1 decision. Source: The Tennessean, Nov. 28, 2009
Poor baby. He was executed on Wednesday. He should have been executed no more than two years after his conviction.
Death Row Facts in Tennessee
Number of Death Row: 89
Numbers Breakdown: 87 males and 2 females
48 White, 38 African Americans, 1 Hispanic, 1 Native American, 1 Asian
Where are they from?
57 inmates are from the largest metropolitan counties of
Shelby (36), Davidson (11), Knox (7), and Hamilton (4)
25 inmates were convicted in East Tennessee
21 inmates were convicted in Middle Tennessee
43 inmates were convicted in West Tennessee
Oldest on Death Row:
John Henretta, 2/12/43, 66 years old
Convicted in Bradley County
On Death Row since April 2002
Youngest Female on Death Row:
Christa Pike, 3/10/76, 33 years old
Convicted in Knox County
On Death Row since March 1996
Youngest Male on Death Row:
Devin Banks, 8/2/83, 26 years old
Convicted in Shelby County
On Death Row since April 2005
Longest Time on Death Row:
Donald Strouth, 1/9/59, 50 years old
Convicted in Sullivan County
On Death Row since September 1978
Last Person Sentenced to Death Row:
Lemaricus Davidson, 6/13/81, 28 years old
Convicted in Knox County
On Death Row since October 2009
Most male inmates are housed at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, but for security reasons, some of them can be housed at the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg. Two inmates with the death penalty are currently housed at Morgan County.
Female inmates sentenced to death are housed at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville.
The following number of inmates have multiple death sentences: 12 inmates with two death sentences, four inmates with three death sentences, one inmate with four death sentences, and one inmate with seven death sentences.
- Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
- When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
- Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
- The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.
Interracial Crime: Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
- Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
- Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
- Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.
- Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.
- Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs.
- Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.
- Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled, from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.
- Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics are three times more likely.
If anybody doubts this then watch the TV show ‘Cops’ and notice the color of most of the criminals. (The program was denounced as racist by some.) But to quote the study and this trial will prove it: “This widely-held view that the police are biased is not supported by the evidence. The data suggest the criminal justice system generally treats offenders of different races equally. High arrest and incarceration rates for blacks and Hispanics-and very low rates for Asians-reflect differences in crime rates, not police or justice system bias.” The entire report I quoted was denounced as racist, but facts are simply not racism. See The Color of Crime (pdf)
Blacks per-capita Commit More Hate Crimes
The Virginia State Police crime report for 2008 does reveal racism, but not the kind of racism they want to discuss.
Blacks make up 20 percent of the Virginia population; black males say 10 percent. In the sections where crime was reported by race, Hispanics and illegal aliens are counted as white thus inflating the white crime rate. (They commit 3-4 times the white crime rate, I excluded Asians.)
On sexual offences whites are 72 percent of the victims, black males committed 37.3 percent of the offences. Black males commit 80 percent of the robberies. Blacks commit 53 percent of the assaults and 54 percent of the car thefts. Black males alone commit 56 percent of the violent crime, with black females 63 percent. Blacks are the primary victims of crime committed by blacks and rarely by whites.
Now the hate crime statistics for 2005-2008 are the real shocker. Almost two-thirds of the victims are white, but almost two-thirds of the hate crime charges are against whites. In 2008 153 whites were victims of hate crimes while 99 blacks were victims. Yet 73% of the Virginia population is white while the black population is just under 20%. But 128 whites were charged with hate crimes with only 99 black victims. Only 72 blacks were charged with hate crimes, less than half the number of white victims. That’s consistent year after year and it’s clearly anti-white racism. Be aware that the definition of hate crimes have been expanded to the absurd. Of most of the race offences (185) only 72 were assault, most of the rest property crimes. Per-capita blacks commit far more hate crimes than whites do even though police are loath to even charge non-whites for hate crimes at all.
The Virginia white population is 5,671,432. 128 white offenders commit one hate crime for 44,308 white people.
The Virginia black population is 1,546,048. 72 black offenders commit one hate crime for 21,472 black people.
Blacks per-capita commit more than twice the hate crimes of whites.
More race killings ignored by the press and the race hustlers: Where are you Reverend Sharpton?
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- Illegal immigrants take heavy toll on society (East Tennessee)
- Immigrant Population Hits Record 38 Million
Quoting Nicholas Stix, AR News, May 14, 2007, he claimed the Knoxville police won’t give him the cause of death either. (I tried too.)
Police and reporters have promoted the view that this crime was a simple carjacking that got out of hand, and that the rapists poured cleaning fluid down Miss Christian’s throat to destroy DNA evidence. This appears to be wrong on both counts. The killers ditched Miss Christian’s SUV just a few hours after they stole it, which suggests they had no great interest in it. Also, according to court documents, they had already planned on killing Miss Christian, so they could have used the cleaning fluid after she was dead. They did not bother to “clean” her vagina and anus, which were stuffed with DNA evidence. It appears to this reporter that the carjacking was just a way to kidnap, gang rape, torture, and murder whites, and that the killers used the cleaning fluid for the sole purpose of further torturing Miss Christian.
This comment at http://www.vdare.com from a reader in Knoxville, Tennessee:
Here we go again, the depths of depravity are pushed deeper by black hooligans in sleepy Knoxville, TN. First they were just going to carjack, then they decided to abduct and take the couple back to the criminal’s house. So they tied them up, beat the boyfriend in front of his girl, shoot him, pour gasoline on him and lit him on fire. They disposed of his body near some railroad tracks. Next, it is her turn as they rape and sodomize her for several days, maybe as many as four black men took part! They pour drain cleaner into her throat to clean up the evidence, wrap her in plastic and throw her into their garbage can outside their house. Except that they didn’t know she was alive! She later died from the cold. No mention of the perpetrator’s or victim’s ancestry is mentioned. Although in Knoxville, their faces are all on the news channels…
News reports (here) confirm some of this person’s comments. As I monitored the local news in my area where they do often publish pictures, one fact stands out; while non-whites make up about 5% of the region’s population, they account for 40% of the crime. (This is an unofficial figure!) This figure was given to me by local police, off the record. Of concern as well in the last five years is the explosion of Hispanic crime including in 2007 (first three months) two attempted child abductions, drug running and gang style shootings, child rape, and kidnapping. In fact one local Hispanic has been sentenced to death for murdering his cell mate. The region is being flooded with illegal aliens as employers refusing to pay a living wage import them by the bus load. See Illegal Aliens in East Tennessee. They are counted as white, and don’t show up in Tennessee crime stats.
As of this news article, even with trial dates set, to quote: “Groups wondering why prosecutors haven’t demanded the death penalty yet. “We’ve had some discussions of course, we’re still putting evidence together,” says Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols.” I’m wondering the same.
Accusations of biased press coverage
A blogger had this to say, “Is race a factor?” in regards to the Knoxville horror:
Still others see a more sinister hand at work. The suspects who have been apprehended for the horrific crime against those two young people are black; the victims were white. Many seem to think that the race of the alleged perpetrators is the issue. Had the perpetrators been white, and the victims black, they say, the case would be all over the television and newspapers. Many cite the much-publicized dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. as an example. Also troubling, according to some, is the contrast between the national media coverage of the alleged Duke rape case and this one. Visitors to the blogs I viewed also cited similarities between this case and the Wichita Massacre, a black-on-white rape/torture/murder in 2000, and other little-known cases as proof of a recent history of “blacking out” certain news stories.
See The Wichita Massacre by Stephen Webster, American Renaissance, July 16, 2002.
In addition, to quote from the West Virginia case where they can’t press hate crime charges because the “victim” knew her captor, “She was not a random target, prosecutor Brian Abraham said Wednesday. She had a “social relationship” with one of the suspects, he said… The victim had a previous relationship with Bobby Brewster, one of the six in custody, Abraham said. He was charged in July with domestic battery and assault after a domestic dispute involving the same woman.” This couple didn’t know these people, so why doesn’t hate crime charges not apply here?
Now they play the race card, trying to make anyone protesting this lack of media coverage as racist: “The Reverend Maize maintains, the NAACP trusts city leaders and police to handle what ever the trials or the case itself, might bring. “We don’t have any counter marches or counter protests lined up. We don’t want to ad fuel, to the fire, if they choose to come to town. We’ll allow them to do what they’re going to do…Nevertheless, at least one group, white supremacist or racially focused, depending on your prospective has vowed to rally here in several weeks. Later this month, though Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale will ask commissioners to pass a resolution requesting that group not come.
They came, and the national press covered that because they could make it out to be white racism. The end result of this is a growing backlash against all black people because many feel there’s a double standard.
More Black Crime:
- The Murder of 12-Year-Old Emily Haddock by Black Thugs
- The Murder of Derrion Albert by Black Thugs
- The Eve Marie Carson Murder by Black Thugs
- The Murder of Lauren Burk by a Black Thug
- Reverend Al Sharpton Silent on Black Murderers
- White woman attacked on bus by 9 blacks, no hate crime charges
- Liberal Racism and the so-called “Jena 6”
- Black Felon Accused of Emptying Gun into Crowded Park
- Black Mobs Attack Whites, But No Hate Crime Charges, Again
- Why Suspending Criminal Blacks from School is Not Racism
- Bristol police tracking gangs, gang members traced to Hispanics/Blacks
- Bristol, Va., gang-related beatings, robbery, arson
- The Color of Crime in Bristol VA/TN Crime Report January 2010
Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom
Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, were a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were both raped, tortured and murdered after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007. Their vehicle had been carjacked. Five suspects were arrested and charged in the case. The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on counts of murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape and theft. Three of those arrested, Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson and George Thomas, have been convicted on multiple charges including several counts of felony murder. After a jury trial Lemaricus Davidson was sentenced to death by lethal injection and Letalvis Cobbins and George Thomas were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Vanessa Coleman has been convicted of facilitating the crimes and sentenced to 53 years in prison, and Eric Dewayne Boyd has been convicted of federal charges as accessory after the fact to carjacking and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
On December 1, 2011, new trials were granted by a Special Judge to the defendants due to drug abuse by the later disbarred, presiding judge.Representing the families of the victims and the People, the Tennessee AG filed an appeal in January 2012 trying to block the four retrials. In early March 2012, a Court of Criminal Appeals put a hold on the retrials. An appeals court will decide if there will be retrials. Convicted co-conspirator Vanessa Coleman’s retrial is not being contested by the AG. She was given 53 years by the later-disbarred judge.
Christian moved from Louisiana to Tennessee with her family in 1997. She was a graduate of Farragut High School and a senior majoring in sociology at the University of Tennessee. On January 12, 2007, her family released a statement to thank the Knoxville community “for all their prayers and everything.” A candlelight vigil was held on the university campus January 25, 2007 in her honor. In 2008, a Golf Tournament and Memorial Foundation were established in Channon Christian’s memory to provide a scholarship for a Farragut High School Senior to attend the University of Tennessee.
Newsom, a former baseball player for the Halls High School Red Devils, graduated in 2002. He was interred at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens. A little-league baseball tournament in Newsom’s honor was held at the Halls Community Park in 2008 and 2009. A memorial scholarship is given annually to a graduating Halls High baseball player.
According to news reports, Christian and Newsom had gone on a date at a local restaurant on Saturday, January 6, 2007, but did not return home. During their night out, the couple was carjacked, bound and blindfolded by three black males, and “taken back to Lemaricus Devall ‘Slim’ Davidson’s rented house on Chipman Street.”
Christian’s parents found her abandoned Toyota 4-Runner two blocks away from the Chipman Street house the following Monday with the help of her mobile phone provider. An envelope recovered from the vehicle yielded fingerprint evidence that led police to Lemaricus Davidson and 2316 Chipman Street. When police went to the address on Tuesday, January 9, they found the home unoccupied and Christian’s body in a trash can in the kitchen.
According to the testimony of the Knox County Acting Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan at the subsequent trial of Eric Boyd, Newsom was repeatedly sodomized with an object and then blindfolded, gagged, arms and feet bound and his head covered. Barefoot, he was either led or dragged outside the house to a set of nearby railroad tracks. He was shot in the back of the head, the neck, and the back, and his body then set on fire.
Channon’s death came after hours of sexual torture, medical examiner Mileusnic-Polchan testified. Channon suffered horrific injuries to her vagina, anus and mouth. She was not only raped but savaged with “an object,” possibly a broken chair leg, the doctor testified. She was beaten in the head. Some type of chemical was poured down her throat, and her body, including her bleeding and battered genital area, likely scrubbed with the same solution – all while Channon was alive, the forensic expert said. She was then “hog-tied,” with curtains and strips of bedding, her face covered tightly with a small trash bag and her body stashed inside five large trash bags before being placed inside a large trash can and covered with sheets. Channon died slowly, suffocating, the medical examiner said.
 Suspects and indictments
The four indicted were:
- George Geovonni “Detroit” Thomas, 24, faced a total of 46 charges. Thomas was indicted on 16 counts of felony murder growing out of the rape, robbery, kidnapping, and theft of Christian and Newsom, 2 counts of premeditated murder, 2 counts of especially aggravated robbery, 4 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape, and 2 counts of theft.
- Letalvis “Rome” Cobbins, 28, (b. December 20, 1982) faced the same 46 charges as Thomas. He has also been charged with assaulting a correctional officer while incarcerated pending trial. Previously in 2003, Cobbins was convicted of third-degree attempted robbery in New York state. He and Davidson are brothers. Cobbins was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- Lemaricus Devall “Slim” Davidson, 30, (b. June 13, 1981) faced the same 46 charges as Thomas. Previously Davidson had just completed serving a five-year sentence in Tennessee on a previous felony conviction for carjacking and aggravated robbery on August 5, 2006.
- Vanessa Coleman, 18, was arrested by the Lebanon Police Department in Lebanon, Kentucky. She faces 40 Tennessee state charges. Coleman was indicted on 12 counts of felony murder growing out of the rape, robbery, kidnapping, and theft of Christian and Newsom, 1 count of premeditated murder (of Christian only), 1 count of especially aggravated robbery (of Newsom only), 4 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape, and 2 counts of theft. She was convicted and sentenced to 53 years in prison on July 30, 2010. She described her time in Knoxville as “an adventure.”
In each indictment, the large number of rape counts were included to provide a range of options for prosecutors, not to reflect the number of rapes which actually occurred.
- Eric DeWayne “E” Boyd, 34, was arrested in connection with the fatal carjacking, though not indicted by the Knox County grand jury. Boyd faced federal charges in United States district court as an accessory after the fact for helping the suspects evade the police. Later, Boyd was also accused by Thomas and Cobbins of rape and murder, and a search warrant was obtained for his DNA. The accusations by Thomas and Cobbins did not result in state charges against Boyd, but he is serving 18 years in federal prison on his conviction as an accessory to the carjacking.
The four suspects indicted in Knox County were originally scheduled to be tried separately, at trials scheduled between May and August 2008. However, the trial date for the subjects indicted in Knox County was moved back to 2009 in February 2008. Judge Baumgartner allowed Thomas and Cobbins to be tried by juries from Nashville, Davidson County. In an apparent attempt to force the prosecution to try the case with the least forensic evidence first, the attorneys for Thomas filed a motion for a speedy trial, arguing there was no forensic link between their client and the crime scene. Thomas was granted the motion and was scheduled to go on trial on August 11. Judge Baumgartner ruled that Thomas’ phone calls made from the jailhouse to his acquaintances were admissible as evidence.
District Attorney Randy Nichols announced that the state would seek the death penalty for both Cobbins (the first to go to trial) and Coleman if convicted. Davidson was also indicted for a second robbery which was committed after the murders. The publicity against the accused led the defense to argue that a change of venue was required in order to ensure a fair trial. However, the state argued that an impartial jury could be found during voir dire, and the presiding judge subsequently denied the motion as “premature”. Judge Baumgartner threatened to ban the Newsom family from the courtroom after Davidson’s attorney, Doug Trant, was called a “jerk” after interrupting a discussion among the family.
After Judge Richard Baumgartner was removed from the bench after admitting he had a drug addiction, on December 1, 2011, Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood granted new trials to Davidson, Cobbins, Thomas, and Coleman after TBI investigation outlined evidence that Baumgartner was likely impaired while presiding over those trials. Due to double jeopardy, the defendants will only face the sentences they already received at maximum. Jurors expressed dissatisfaction with the decision, noting that they, not Baumgartner, who favored the defense during the trial, convicted the killers.
On April 16, 2008, Eric Boyd was found guilty in Federal court of being an accessory to a fatal carjacking and for failing to report the location of a known fugitive. Boyd’s was the first case to go to trial, and he was the only suspect not charged with murder. He was sentenced to the maximum of 18 years in Federal prison. He is currently incarcerated at Beckley FCI.
On August 25, 2009, Letalvis D. Cobbins was found guilty of the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Cobbins faced the possibility of the death penalty because he was convicted of first degree felony murder in the murder of Christian. He was found guilty of facilitation of murder for Newsom but he was acquitted of Newsom’s rape. The jurors worked about 10 hours Monday and on Tuesday morning before reaching a verdict. They never asked Judge Richard Baumgartner any questions during their deliberations. On August 26, Cobbins was sentenced to life without parole.
On October 28, 2009, Lemaricus Devall Davidson was found guilty on all counts. He was found not guilty on three counts of the aggravated rape of Christopher Newsom but was found guilty of the lesser included charges of facilitation of rape. The sentencing hearing began on October 29, 2009 at 9am EST. The sentence hearing ended the next day October 30, 2009 at approx 3pm EST when a jury, after deliberating approx 3 hours, sentenced Lemaricus Davidson to death on 4 of the conviction counts.
On December 8, 2009, George Thomas was found guilty on all counts, including the ones the other defendants were acquitted of despite his case being based solely on circumstantial evidence and testimony. The sentencing hearing began December 8, 2009 and ended on December 10, 2009 at approx 10:45 am EST when the jury, after approx 3 hours of deliberation, returned a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole on each of the 4 capital convictions.
The convictions of Boyd, Cobbins, Davidson and Thomas left Vanessa Coleman as the last defendant to face trial. Coleman’s case is complicated by the fact that, while she was granted immunity by federal authorities for testimony in the federal case on the car-jacking, the state courts have ruled that the federal grant of immunity does not extend to the state charges on murder and rape. On May 13, 2010, Coleman was acquitted of first degree murder but found guilty on lesser charges. On July 30, 2010, she was sentenced to 53 years behind bars.
 Reaction and accusations of racism
The national news media was criticized for allegedly ignoring the story because the victims were white and the suspects black. This criticism was also fueled by erroneous early reports of dismemberment and mutilations. Most of the original reports with misinformation (reported from a federal deputy US Marshal after the suspects’ arrest in Kentucky) were later denied by the District Attorney.
The president of Criminal Justice Journalists, an association of crime, court and prison writers, editors and producers, said, “I can’t say that this one would have had any more coverage if five whites had been accused of doing these things to two blacks, absent a blatant racial motive… as bad as this crime is, the apparent absence of any interest group involvement or any other ‘angle’ might also explain the lack of coverage.” Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said that there is no indication the crimes were racially motivated and that the murders and assault “appears to have been a random violent act.” “There is absolutely no proof of a hate crime,” said John Gill, special counsel to Knox County District Atty. Randy Nichols. “We know from our investigation that the people charged in this case were friends with white people, socialized with white people, dated white people. So not only is there no evidence of any racial animus, there’s evidence to the contrary.”
Some commentators continued to disagree, claiming that such a crime would include a motive of racial hatred. Conservative political commentator Michelle Malkin repeated this accusation on her blog and on Fox News‘ O’Reilly Factor program. Prior to the DA’s statement, Newsom’s mother sympathized with the “hate crime” position stating, “It may have started out as a carjacking, but what it developed into was blacks hating whites.” Christian’s father (addressing those whom he believes used his daughter’s death to further their own agenda) stated “[the crime] ain’t about you.”
The case also attracted the attention of white supremacists. On May 27, 2007, around 30 white supremacists led by Alex Linder rallied in downtown Knoxville in protest of the murders. They were met by a larger number of counter-protestors, many dressed as clowns (parodying the Ku Klux Klan).
After the protest, syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts dismissed claims that the crime was underreported, citing a 2001 report that found “Blacks and Latinos are underrepresented in news media as victims of crime and significantly overrepresented as perpetrators.” Pitts added that he was “unkindly disposed toward the crackpots, incendiaries and flat-out racists who have chosen this tragedy upon which to take an obscene and ludicrous stand” and that they and any other white Americans who felt victimized by the perceived under reporting could “cry me a river.” 
The house at 2316 Chipman Street was bought by Waste Connections, a national garbage collection company with a depot next door to the east, in the fall of 2008. Waste Connections subsequently demolished the house, and replaced it with a simple memorial to Newsom and Christian.
An October 16, 2009 article in The Daily Mail stated, “Ironically, the case has now generated more publicity surrounding the furor over whether or not political correctness was behind the US media’s decision to largely ignore the story than it did for the murders themselves.” The same article quoted commentator Michelle Malkin as saying, “This case – an attractive white couple murdered by five black thugs – doesn’t fit any political agenda. It’s not a useful crime. Reverse the races and just imagine how the national media would cover the story of a young black couple murdered by five white assailants.”
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 External links
- Extensive news coverage of the deaths in January 2007 of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in Knoxville, Tenn., Knoxville News Sentinel
- The community impact on the deaths of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom
- Newsom, Christian Family Reaction w/Video
- 5th Suspect Arrested in Double Murder, Announcement Expected Soon
- Martin, Roland S., “Commentary: Where is the outrage when humans are abused?,” CNN
- Withdraw Request for speedy trial
- Victim’s father: ‘One down, four to go’, knoxnews.com, April 16, 2008 (extensive details of the crimes)