Knoxville Horror victims Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom
[NS: Late Thursday afternoon, my reader-researcher David in Tennessee sent me the following update on the Knoxville Horror, the racist, January 6-7, 2007, carjacking, kidnapping, gang-rapes, torture and murders of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23.
The “house” David refers to was the house at 2316 Chipman Street, Knoxville, where the atrocities were committed, and which has since been razed, and turned into a memorial to the victims.
The trial in question was that of George “fuck that white girl” Thomas. It was the third murder trial for the atrocity, following those of half-brothers
Letalvis Cobbins (sentenced to “life plus 100 years”) and Lemaricus Davidson (sentenced to death). One more murder trial, of Vanessa Coleman, is scheduled for May.
At least six people have confessed under oath to having aided and abetted the killers, but have not been charged and, based on DNA evidence, two other rapist-murderers have yet to be identified.]
Today, Judge Richard Baumgartner gave George Thomas consecutive life sentences (see also: here) for his role in the Knoxville Horror.
The judge made some notable comments. He said the house was so small there’s no way Thomas wouldn’t have known what happened. He also said Thomas is as guilty as the others convicted: Cobbins and Davidson.
Jamie Satterfield’s twitter informs us the judge also told the families he knows their pain but can’t take it away and described the crimes as “unspeakable.” The judge told Thomas:
“This idea you had a bad childhood, I read in presentence report you say you had a fine childhood.”
As I write, a pre-trial hearing is going on for Vanessa Coleman. In view of the judge’s comments while sentencing Thomas, I wonder if Coleman’s attorneys might now try to get Judge Baumgartner removed. It would delay the trial for possibly a year.
[N.S.: Since I stand a better chance of getting elected president than a racist black killer does of dying in prison, a sentence of “life, plus 50 years” translates racially into, “He’ll be inside a while.”]
Knoxville Horror murderer George Thomas is the one wearing prison stripes.