Skip to comments.Appellate court: Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood off the torture-slaying retrials
Posted on 10/25/2012 5:04:10 PM PDT by SmithL
Handing down a victory for Knox County prosecutors, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals today ruled Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood must recuse himself from presiding over retrials for three defendants convicted in the 2007 torture-slayings of a young Knox County couple.
A stay previously entered in the retrial of these cases will remain in effect until the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court appoints a replacement judge or pending further orders of this court of the Supreme Court, Judge Robert W. Wedemeyer wrote in the ruling for the three-member panel.
"Upon that appointment, the new trial judge shall review and rule upon the thirteenth juror issues in all three of these cases in accordance with the directives of the Tennessee Supreme Court," according to the ruling.
The three-member panel said it had to consider even the possible appearance that Blackwood had become biased in handling the case, which he took over in 2011. Knox County prosecutors had argued Blackwood was no longer impartial.
(Excerpt) Read more at knoxnews.com ...
A little good news, but still no justice for Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.
From the article:
“The men had been convicted of various crimes”
Yeah, whatever you do, don’t list those various crimes. What these animals did still pisses me off.
The extended trauma that the families of Christian and Newsom have had to endure is appalling. The torture and murder of the couple is the most heinous murder scenario that I have ever read. Justice delayed is justice denied. Get justice for those families, NOW!
I thought I’d never see anything close to the Dean Corll sex-torture murders of young boys in a Houston neighborhood in the early 70’s but this case is right up there with it. Demonic vermin living in society is what I call those who committed these acts.....in both cases. I pray for the families of Channon and Chris and pray for TRUE justice....sooner rather than later. The families in the Houston case are still hurting to this day. So tragic.....:(