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    Horror of Christian/Newsom killings in focus: What happened on
    Chipman Street

    Six years and seven trials later, one question remains? What
    happened on Chipman Street?

    In one of Knoxville's most horrific crimes, Channon Christian,
    21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, were carjacked,
    kidnapped, raped and slain in January 2007. Five suspects were
    identified. One was tried federally as an accessory. Four others
    were tried in Knox County Criminal Court.

    A drug scandal involving the judge in those state court
    proceedings would upend the convictions against two of those
    suspects. New trials were held, the most recent of which
    occurred last week.

    More:Graphic details emerge in Christian-Newsom killings

    Through it all, details of the horrors this young couple
    suffered have eked out. But with each suspect pointing the
    finger of blame at the other and jurors limited by law in what
    they are allowed to know, the real story of what happened when
    the couple were taken hostage and ultimately slain has proved
    just as elusive as the court cases convoluted.

    The News Sentinel has covered this case since its beginning.
    With the aid of interviews, trial coverage and transcripts of
    each defendant's statement to authorities, the newspaper can now
    offer up a snapshot of not only what happened to these two
    innocents but exactly who did what to them.

    Setting the stage
    Chipman Street resident Lemaricus Davidson was broke and angry.
    His girlfriend, Daphne Sutton, had left him. He had no car and
    no way to earn money.

    "Selling dope, that's what I do," Davidson would later tell law

    Law enforcers knew, however, that Davidson was not simply a drug
    dealer. He was on parole for carjacking and, in the days leading
    up to the abduction of Christian and Newsom, was suspected in a
    series of robberies.

    In the days before the couple's abduction, Davidson's brother
    Letalvis Cobbins came to Knoxville from Kentucky to stay with
    him. He brought along friend George Thomas and girlfriend
    Vanessa Coleman.

    None of the three had jobs, money or vehicles. Cobbins and
    Thomas were homeless. Coleman had a salt-of-the-earth family to
    turn to for help but chose not to.

    Davidson grew increasingly angry over what he viewed as the
    freeloading of his brother and his guests. He turned that anger
    on Sutton. She left him on Jan. 5, 2007.

    A day later, Davidson had concocted a plan to solve all his
    woes. He, with help from Cobbins and a buddy, Eric Boyd, would
    carjack someone. Cobbins insisted that he wasn't happy with the

    "Me and my brother got to arguing because he said he was going
    to do some crazy (expletive)," Cobbins said in an interview with
    law enforcement. "He like, man, I'm fixing to go carjack
    somebody, man, try and get me some money."

    Savaging the victims
    Christian and Newsom disappeared Jan. 6, 2007, from the
    Washington Ridge apartment complex where Christian's best friend

    Hours later, Newsom's body was found alongside railroad tracks
    near Chipman Street in East Knoxville. He had been raped with an
    object and then shot three times. The final shot was delivered
    execution style.

    He had been gagged with a sock stuffed in his mouth. His ankles
    were bound with his own belt. His hands were secured behind his
    back. His face was wrapped in a bandanna. His head was covered
    with a sweatshirt tied around his neck with shoestrings.

    More:Timeline of key events in Christian Newsom killings

    Forensic evidence showed that he had been raped in the final
    hours of his life. He was forced to walk barefoot to the
    railroad tracks that ran parallel to Chipman Street and shot in
    the neck and back. As Newsom lay paralyzed on the ground, the
    muzzle of a .22-caliber gun was placed against his covered head
    and fired. His body would later be wrapped up in a comforter,
    doused in gasoline and set afire.

    Christian, meanwhile, was tied up inside the Chipman Street
    house of Davidson, a stranger to her. She was repeatedly raped
    orally, vaginally and rectally. At some point, she was savagely
    attacked in her genital region, either kicked or beaten with an

    She suffered two blows to the head and was dragged into the
    carpeted living room of Davidson's Chipman Street home. Bleach
    was sprayed down her throat, an apparent effort to destroy DNA

    She was hogtied with strips of fabric from a bedding set. Still
    alive, her body was encased in black garbage bags and her head
    wrapped in a white plastic grocery bag. Christian was then
    stuffed inside a trash can and left to die, slowly suffocating.

    Sneaking a preview
    Suspect Boyd has long denied any role in the couple's abduction.
    With no forensic proof tying him to the crimes, authorities were
    left to prosecute him for hiding out Davidson after the
    slayings. He is serving an 18-year federal prison sentence as a

    But his statement to authorities provides striking details of
    the carjacking ? details he insisted came from Davidson, not his
    own memory.

    Christian was angry with Newsom because he had tarried in
    picking her up for the birthday party of a friend. As she sat in
    the front seat of her Toyota 4-Runner parked outside, Newsom
    sought to set things right, hugging and kissing her as he stood
    just outside the driver's side door.

    The couple never saw Boyd cruise into the parking lot at
    Washington Ridge with passengers Davidson and Cobbins. An armed
    Boyd and Davidson jumped from the car, leaving Cobbins behind.
    At that point, the pair intended only to rob Christian and
    Newsom of the SUV. But as they approached the couple, guns
    drawn, headlights from another vehicle spooked them. They pushed
    the couple into the SUV.

    Testimony has shown that Christian and Newsom were bound in the
    SUV with whatever cords the assailants could find. Newsom was
    forced facedown in the vehicle. A bound Christian was dumped
    onto his back.

    With Davidson behind the wheel of Christian's SUV and Cobbins
    trailing behind in a car Boyd had borrowed from his cousin, the
    crew headed back to Davidson's Chipman Street home.

    There was no doubt then that the couple would die.

    "Two white people, white kids, this (expletive) fixing to get
    crazy, man, you know what I mean?" Cobbins said.

    Davidson and his cohorts are black, the victims white. Racial
    differences have never been suggested as a motivator for what
    authorities view as a random carjacking.

    Spilling the beans
    Back at Davidson's Chipman Street house with their bound and
    blindfolded victims in tow, an argument broke out among
    Davidson, Boyd, Cobbins, Thomas and Coleman. Thomas and Davidson
    barely knew each other and neither liked the other.

    "Lemaricus told (Thomas) that he was gonna need him to do
    something so he could trust him," Coleman told law enforcers.

    The suspects admit that they curried Christian's cooperation by
    promising her she would be let go if she went along with their
    demands. She even called home ? at gunpoint ? to create a false
    alibi to buy the suspects time in their murderous plans.

    None of the suspects concede involvement in Newsom's death. But
    trial testimony, statements and forensic evidence suggest that
    Davidson, Cobbins, Boyd and Thomas forced Newsom into the rear
    cargo compartment of the SUV, leaving Coleman behind with

    It's not clear if Newsom was raped before leaving Chipman
    Street. Boyd, who had male pornography cached on his phone, has
    long been suspected but never charged with raping Newsom.

    Forensic proof and suspect statements indicate that Davidson
    forced Thomas to fire the first shot at Newsom, striking him in
    the neck. As he fell forward, another shot struck him in the
    back and then Davidson delivered the kill shot to his head.

    Once back at Chipman Street, Boyd left. Davidson and Thomas
    stripped off their bloody clothes to be washed. At some point,
    the pair gathered up a comforter and a gas can and left,
    presumably to burn Newsom's body.

    Meanwhile, Cobbins went into his brother's bedroom, where
    Christian was tied up.

    "I was pissed off," Coleman said in a statement.

    Cobbins would later tell a jury that he promised Christian she
    would go free if she agreed to oral sex. Forensic proof showed
    that Christian was orally raped with such force a membrane in
    her mouth severed.

    DNA evidence shows that Davidson raped Christian both vaginally
    and rectally.

    But it is Coleman who authorities suspect delivered brutal blows
    to Christian's vaginal region, the force of which caused a
    massive pooling of blood.

    At some point, Christian was dragged into the living room,
    bleach sprayed in her throat.

    "She looked terrified," Cobbins told law enforcers.

    "They made me go in the back bedroom," Coleman recalled. "When I
    come back into the kitchen, I seen them tying her up in the
    fetal position."

    More:Time no cure for pain in torture slayings of Channon
    Christian and Christopher Newsom

    Fingerprint evidence shows that it was Davidson and Cobbins who
    wrapped Christian in trash bags. She was then stuffed alive
    inside a trash can in the kitchen of the Chipman Street house.

    Fight not over
    With Thomas convicted for a second time on Friday and a jury
    delivering up a sentence of life with the possibility of parole,
    the case finally seems over, save a few rote hearings and

    But Christian's father, Gary Christian, said Friday that his
    fight is not over.

    "The business at hand is done," he said of the trials. "The work
    has just changed. We've got some laws that will go up to get
    some things changed in this horrible excuse for a justice
    system. It's all for the criminals and nothing for the victims."

    See also:
    Timeline: Key events in Christian-Newsom case

    Storify: Retrials in Channon Christian Christopher Newsom case


    April 9, 2008 Graphic details emerge in Christian-Newsom killings

    April 14, 2008 Medical examiner begins graphic description of
    couple's injuries

    July 18, 2009 Transcript: Davidson says he told Christian he
    would 'make sure she got out'

    https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2017/08/24/archives- horror-christian-newsom-killings-focus-what-happened-chipman-

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