Knoxville Horror Murderer Lemaricus Davidson Facing Re-Trial, Says Sex Was Consensual

The Killers of Channon Christian and her boyfriend Chris Newsom


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.

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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.

Because the judge in the case who found them guilty and sentenced Davidson to death was addicted to opiates at the time, all his verdicts have been rescinded and now the killers are facing a retrial.

“It was Mr. Davidson’s theory at trial that he knew Channon Christian, had a sexual relationship with her, and that he was not present at the time she and Mr. Newsom were murdered in his residence” by Cobbins, Thomas and Cobbins’ girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman, wrote his attorneys, David Eldridge and Doug Trant.

He also contends Christian and Newsom were not kidnapped but, instead, visited his home to buy drugs. He pointed to testimony Christian and Newsom both had alcohol in their system. Newsom also had marijuana and a stimulant in his system. There also was testimony both on occasion used a drug designed to treat hyperactivity in children but often abused as a stimulant.

Because his version of events clashed with the state’s theory and each side presented witnesses in support of their respective positions, Davidson’s attorneys argue the credibility of those witnesses is just as key as in Thomas’ case. Therefore, they argue, Kurtz has no choice but to grant Davidson a new trial.

There is no forensic evidence tying any of the men to the crimes committed against Newsom.


  1. If these people get away with this they should be met at thier release with the same violence. Rape them repeatedly until near death and allow them to make a full recovery. Then do it again until thier will to live is so diminished that they nearly die of dispair. Then allow them to recover. Then bury them alive with starving rats.

  2. jetom001 · · Reply

    I am in no way going to make a statement that will ever unmask the fury I have reading this. Murder is quick in most cases and execution is even quicker with only the victims ever suffering the pain. There is nothing consensual about rape or being sexually assaulted or any degree of sexual violence. Nothing, ever period. Even karma can’t be enough to balance this in any way.

    1. That’s why mankind should punish these sick motherfuckers.

  3. jetom001 · · Reply

    The american ape society is just that…savage animals. Unruly and without reasoning. They deserve a fate that can not be put into words. The true horror of that couple can not be imagined. This is not uncommon and it is not confined to here either. There is never a good reason to cause harm or take life in any shape or fashion. To say they are better off dead instead of surviving is what I can say truthfully. There are things in this world that are so terrifying it will
    never make it to print. It will never become a warning. Life was meant to beautiful as in death and creation. This is something that has spurred off into hell. Only when we take control, do we have the power to stop all of this. To me,there is no fit punishment I can think of. I do not know if there is real justice here or anywhere anymore. To punish these sick fuckers is ideal, but you must punish them all…including the rich,old white anglo men who have allowed this into our society as entertainment. And no, I am not joking. There is no such thing as randomness or coincidence. Things like this do not happen by chance or by drugs.It is learned behavior and encouraged. When weapons are placed into poor neighborhoods or drugs, the cocktail is lethal. A criminal wraith of the electoral consensus to weed out those who are the free thinkers. No to scare but to wipe out. Without your opinions and free will, these things happen to panic the herds of masses that are the chosen followers.

  4. Dat be wat dey do.

  5. P Black · · Reply

    I saw this story on Sins and Secrets and there is no way this was consensual, no way.

  6. Why are they still alive? this country is a joke. Why hasn’t the community banned together and stormed the prison?

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