By David in TN
On the night of January 6-7, 2007, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were carjacked, raped, tortured and murdered. Six years later, the case is still going through the system.
The four defendants were convicted, but had the verdicts overturned because the trial judge, Richard Baumgartner, was guilty of using drugs obtained from probationers in his own court. The lone female defendant, Vanessa Coleman, was retried in November and was again convicted of facilitation of Channon Christian's rape and murder.
The other three defendants are waiting to see whether they will have new trials. On Sunday, January 6, a memorial service was held for Chris Newsom.
A similar service will be held for Channon Christian on Monday.
On January 10, a motions hearing will be held concerning a new trial for Lemaricus Davidson, the "alleged" ringleader. Davidson was only defendant to receive a death sentence.
A decision on whether the other defendants will be retried will be announced this month.