A Nashville jury is in Knoxville today to begin hearing testimony in the retrial of George Thomas, one of five people originally convicted and sentenced for participating in the 2007 carjacking, rape, torture and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. In 2009, a Hamilton County jury found Thomas guilty for his role in the crimes and he was sentenced to life without parole. However, he was granted a retrial when it became apparent the presiding judge Richard Baumgartner was abusing painkillers during the trial. In November of 2012, a jury convicted co-defendant Vanessa Colem
On January 15, senior judge Walter Kurtz ordered a re-trial for George Thomas, one of three defendants in the 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Ringleader Lemaricus Davidson and his brother, Letalvis Cobbins, will not get new trials and their convictions will likely stand.