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TN Supreme Court reverses decision granting new trials for Christian/Newsom murder defendants

A decision Thursday by the Tennessee Supreme Court puts new trials on hold for three of the four defendants in the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom murders.

The justices were asked to review the order granting new trials for Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins and George Thomas, all convicted in connection with the kidnapping, rape and murder of the young Knox County couple.

Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood granted the new trials based on former Judge Richard Baumgartner's admitted drug addiction.

Thursday, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that a trial judge's misconduct outside the courtroom does not necessarily require a new trial unless the misconduct is shown to have affected the trial proceedings.

"Although given the opportunity, the defendants failed to offer any proof that the original trial judge's misconduct outside the
courtroom affected the integrity of

Added: May-25-2012 Occurred On: May-24-2012
By: Jennifer Hue
Regional News
Tags: Christian, Newsom, 3 murder defendants No new Trial, Knoxville, TN
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States (load item map)
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