Christian-Newsom Murders

Tennessee Department of Correction

A Knoxville judge has added time onto the sentence of one of the participants in the January 2007 kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.  On May 17, a Davidson County jury sentenced George Thomas to a life sentence with the possibility of parole for his role in the crimes, leaving the chance Thomas could be released from prison at the age of 75.  But today, Judge Walter Kurtz ordered Thomas to serve two consecutive life sentences for the murders of Christian and Newsom, as well as an additional 25 years for the rape of each of the victims.   The n

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.