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 hom
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