Trial begins in slayings of young TN couple

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Trial is under way in Knoxville for the
first of four people charged in the kidnapping, rape and killing of
a young couple more than two years ago.

As court convened Monday, the judge read each of the 38 counts
against 26-year-old Letalvis Cobbins. His attorney, Scott Green,
responded by entering pleas.

Green said his client pleaded guilty to five counts of
facilitating robbery or theft in the carjacking that set the crimes
into motion in 2007. He also pleaded guilty to one count of rape.
To the remaining counts, Green responded "not guilty."

Cobbins - of Lebanon, Ky. - is also charged with murder and
kidnapping in the killings of 23-year-old Christopher Newsom and
his 21-year-old girlfriend Channon Christian.

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