Jury convicts KY man in abduction, rape, murder of couple

Letalvis Cobbins sits in the courtroom on the first day of his murder trial.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A jury has convicted a Kentucky man of
first-degree murder in the carjacking, rape and killing of a
Knoxville couple.

The murder verdict handed down Tuesday means prosecutors can ask
the jury to sentence 26-year-old Letalvis Cobbins of Lebanon, Ky.,
to death. The sentencing phase of the trial is set to begin

Cobbins slightly shook his head no as the jury read out guilty
verdicts on most of the 46 counts of murder, rape and robbery.

Cobbins had admitted participating in the January 2007 attack on
Channon Christian, a 21-year-old University of Tennessee student,
and Christoper Newsom, her 23-year-old boyfriend. But he had denied
on the stand last week that he was a killer.

Three others are awaiting trial in the case.

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