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More shenanigans from the Knoxville Massacre trial

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KNOXVILLE - A Knox County judge this afternoon threatened to remove from the courtroom relatives of a couple at the center of a torture slaying if they make any more derogatory comments to or about attorneys representing alleged ringleader Lemaricus Davidson.

"I understand that during the recess one of the Newsom family (members) addressed themselves to Mr. (Doug) Trant in a derogatory manner," Judge Richard Baumgartner said.

"Ladies and gentelmen, I will not tolerate that. They are officers of the court. This is their obligation." The judge went on to say that he also had been told that relatives of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian had criticized Trant and co-counsel David Eldridge in broadcast media interviews.

In a surprising move he publicly ordered the relatives not to make comments about the defense team to the media.

"If you want to go home and talk about them in your living room have at it," he said. "You're not to do that in this court or on the air waves. You will not be allowed to be in this courtroom if you do that."

The incident came after Trant asked witness Josh Anderson, who was a friend of Newsom's, what he removed from Newsom's truck after the 23-year-old went missing.

"We had gotten his weed, his marijuana," Anderson said.

That testimony has never been aired publicly, despite the fact that there have now been two trials related to the January 2007 torture slayings.

Defense attorney Scott Green, who represented Davidson's brother, Letalvis Cobbins in August, made it a point to say throughout the trial that he did not intend to sully the reputations of either victim.

Trant's question shows that Davidson's defenders are not so squeamish.

In opening statements this morning, Eldrigde said the "gang from Kentucky" killed the Knox County couple and set Davidson up to take the fall.

"The gang from Kentucky (fled), leaving all the evidence conveniently to be found in Mr. Davidson's house," defense attorney Eldridge told jurors in Knox County Criminal Court.

Davidson is the accused ringleader in the slayings of Christian, 21, and Newsom and is standing trial this week.

A sequestered jury listened for more than an hour as, first, Baumgartner and, next, prosecutor Leland Price read the hefty list of charges against Davidson, who faces the death penalty if convicted.

Davidson's defense made clear in opening statements that they will seek to blame Cobbins, Cobbins' pal, George Thomas, and Cobbins' girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman.

Cobbins was convicted of rape and murder but escaped the death penalty.

More details as they develop online and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.


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Added: Oct-19-2009 
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  • bullet to the head for anyone who commits such a disgusting crime.

    the defense attorneys are probably public defenders. id resign if i had to defend such animals though. they are put in difficult positions.

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  • I've followed this case since the murders were discovered, and I always thought the kid smoked pot, because why else would he be in a shithole part of the city.

    Doesn't mean shit. Just means he smoked pot. Fukk the defence attorney for even bringing it up. Hopefully, it will only anger the jurors even more, and in the end, they burn this bastard, and the next one, and the female put her away forever.

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  • Extermination is the only solution.

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    • Nice idea. A Jigger hunting season. No limit. Now that would be fun.

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    • Hey fat a$$, who you going to exterminate?

      You can't even see your own dick beyond that disgusting bloated stomach, keep eating and hopefully a heart attack will exterminate you.

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    • Oh please, yet another internet hero who wouldn't do a damn thing in real life.

      Funny how it's always the same human garbage that lines up to comment on the SPAMMERofodin's racist links...

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    • I'm glad that good reason prevails in these issues and that there are still good,honest folks like you and myself to discern the differences between right and wrong.

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    • How sweet the internet hero for jiggers comes to the rescue.

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  • Davidson's lawyer is playing much more aggressively than Cobbin's counsel did. Cobbin's defense was basically that he was a lunkhead hanging out there who enjoyed the rape and robbery but blamed Davidson for the torture and murders.

    In the end, he was convicted on everything except buggering Newsom. Then his family came up and cried alot and he got off with life. Which is just as well because it's pretty difficult to actually execute anybody in Tennessee. On average it happens only once a yea More..

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  • So what? He smoked weed.
    He never killed anyone.

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  • he was just acting out on his frustration because he is a oppressed black youth.he would not have been so violent if he was not oppressed by the capitalistic culture of America.We should spend more of our tax s on programs like midnight basketball if we wan this kind of problems to decrease because it doesnt happen elsewhere in the world.

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    • My new favorite sock-puppet. Hilarious.

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    • I really hope you're being sarcastic. These five vermin should be crucified for this heinous crime. If you knew more about this story, you'd be singing a different tune. Fewer midnight basketball games and welfare handouts wouldn't have stopped them from doing what they did. They can fault no one but themselves for their actions. Nor can they fault the capitalistic culture of the US. If anything, they can fault the god-awful African American entitlement and victimization culture that still runs More..

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    • I think people are too quick to convict them.Were the ever proven guilty?I think we should reserve our judgement of these young men until all of the facts have seen the light of day.

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    • I think its pretty clear what happened. The BS stories (every one of these guys has a different story of what happened BTW) that are being told by these vermin are just that... BS. Letalvis Cobbins is a liar and its obvious that he's full of shit just listening to two seconds of his testimony. The evidence shows that they all were involved in these absolutely disgusting and heinous murders. They are all trying to get out of it by concocting ridiculously fake stories and saying awful things on th More..

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