Skip to comments.Marshal: Man shot, burned; woman raped
Posted on 01/11/2007 4:34:32 PM PST by SmithL
Investigators believe Channon Christian was held hostage and raped repeatedly for several days before being killed, a federal marshal said today.
The news came on the same day that authorities captured three men sought for questioning in her death and that of her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom.
Authorities believe she and Newsom were abducted after a weekend carjacking in North Knoxville that ultimately led to both their deaths, said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Rich Knighten of the Western District of Kentucky.
"They did some really nasty things to this lady," Knighten said.
Newsom was shot and his body burned, Knighten said. He said he didnt know how Christian died.
Federal and local authorities nabbed Letalvis Cobbins and a friend, George Thomas, about 10 a.m. Thursday in Lebanon, Ky. Knoxville investigators had received information that Cobbins had a relative there.
Lemaricus Davidson was arrested about 3:35 p.m. in Knoxville by KPDs Special Operations Squad, U.S. marshals and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents.
Cobbins, Davidson and Thomas are suspects in both killings, Knighten said.
Davidson, 25, was arrested at an empty house at 1800 Reynolds St. He was crying and offered no resistance.
Davidson and his brother Cobbins, 24, had been wanted for questioning in the slayings of Newsom, 23, and Christian, 21.
Police previously had not mentioned Thomas. He was called a "person of interest" by Knoxville police as of Thursday night.
None of the three men have been charged in connection with the slayings.
However, Cobbins has been charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon, based on evidence discovered at the Chipman Street house where Christians body was found Tuesday.
Newsom, of Halls, and Christian, of West Knox County, had been dating since November. They told their parents they planned to join friends in an apartment off Washington Pike on Saturday night to watch movies.
At 12:24 p.m. Sunday, a railroad employee on a passing train alerted police about a body along Norfolk Southern tracks between Ninth Avenue and Cherry Street. It was Newsom's body.
At 2 p.m. Tuesday, police armed with a search warrant entered a nearby rental home at 2316 Chipman St. and found Christian's body. Her 2005 Toyota 4-Runner had been found Monday abandoned two blocks away at the intersection of Chipman Street and Glider Avenue.
More details as they develop online and in Fridays News Sentinel.
Of course this is not a hate crime. . .no. . .
relating to our exchange on the "Stripper lied" thread, here are three men who held a great deal of power over Miss Christian, and used it savagely
What's the Vegas odds that it will get charged that way?
Wonder if we'll have some Duke professors out banging pots on this one?
I think I better stop now, before I use a word or two that might get me suspended.......
They will burn in hell...
Of course there will be cries of racism as the perps are processed through the justice system and eventually sentenced.
If they abused my kin like that, the law would be the least of their worries. After all, I believe the punishment should be greater than the crime.
Didn't something like this happen in the last few years in Kansas or Oklahoma where two couples were tortured and murdered? The MSM won't cover these stories for long but we need to remember.
The part that always strikes me viscerally is the expression on the faces of the mug shots...eyes that bore holes straight through you, a glaring hatred for all to see.
They should see mine right now...
I see it more in the light of stupid arrogance.
Well, I can't remember the last time a young black man and his girlfriend/wife were raped/tortured and murdered by white OR black men.
It's not that blacks don't kill blacks and often over the most tragically insignificant things. BUT, this kind of savagery is not normally seen inflicted in black on black crimes (unless there's some criminal reprisal or punishment in 'the game' of the underworld.)
I heard about the crime you mentioned, but I hadn't heard their death sentences were commuted. I'm sorry to hear that -- their case seemed to be the picture-perfect example of why we need a death penalty.
I guess the same thing will happen in this Knoxville case also.
Oh, wait. That was made up. This is real.
Go for the death penalty. Flush these turds.
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