Fourth Man Now In Custody After Tennessee Double Murder

Knoxville (WVLT) - The story surrounding the double murder of a young Knoxville couple continues to unfold.

There are now four people in custody, the US Marshals Office in Western Kentucky is calling them suspects in connection with at least some aspects of the double murder case.

Thursday afternoon, 25-year-old Lemaricus Davidson, was taken into custody here in Knoxville., earlier in the day, his brother, 24-year-old Letalvis Cobbins and George Thomas were apprehended in Lebanon, Kentucky.

And a fourth person was served with a federal warrant Friday in Knoxville, his name, 34-year-old Eric Dwayne Boyd.

The four are being questioned about what happened to 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom.

Their bodies were found earlier this week in East Knoxville, following what authorities are calling a carjacking.

Lemaricus Davidson appeared in federal court in Knoxville Friday morning.

Lemaricus Davidson walked slowly to his seat, ankles shackled, hands behind his back, head hung low. Channon Christian's family and friends filled two rows of the courtroom, her father sat with a stern face staring at Davidson the entire time.

Twenty-five-year-old Davidson had his initial appearance in federal court in front of US Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Friday at 10:30. The judge read his rights and unsealed the criminal complaint against him. He's facing 3 federal charges.

The first, previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm, second car jacking, third possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. The maximum penalty for both charges is death.

Davidson remains in custody of US Marshals until his preliminary hearing that's set for Thursday January 18th at 9:30 in federal court.

The second suspect, Letalvis Cobbins is being held in Louisville pending an initial court appearance there which could come Friday.

We did some checking on Cobbins' background, his most recent charge was felony criminal mischief in Marion County, Kentucky in April of last year.

But the charge was commuted to a misdemeanor in August.

Cobbins also has a criminal record in New York City.

The new charge he's expected to appear on Friday is possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Still very few details are being released about two other men being held in connection with the double murder.

George Thomas, arrested Thursday in Marion County Kentucky and 34-year-old Eric Dwayne Boyd.

We haven't found a criminal record for Thomas, but Boyd was convicted of several counts of aggravated robbery, and one county of aggravated assault in April of 2003. Court records also show that he was jailed from 1994 through August of 2002.

We're also uncovering new details in the double murder.

Authorities say they believe the crime started out as a carjacking in East Knoxville on Saturday.

Chris Newsom's body was found Sunday, police say he had been shot and burned.

Channon Christian was found in a home on Chipman Street.

Local police aren't releasing much more than that about what happened, but the US Marshal's office in Western Kentucky tells WVLT this was an extremely, brutal murder.

"Before they killed her they reportedly raped her numerous times and then killed her and dumped her in a garbage can from what I understand," says US Marshal Rich Knighten.

The funeral for Chris Newsom is Friday night at Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Halls.

Receiving of friends is from five until eight with the funeral following.

Burial is Saturday at 11 at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens.

Funeral arrangements are also complete for Channon Christian.

Visitation is Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Weavers Funeral Home on Western Avenue in Knoxville.

The funeral is on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Westpark Baptist Church on Middlebrook Pike.

Burial follows at Highland West Cemetery.

The family of Channon Christian would like to thank everyone for all their prayers and everything that has been done during this time.

In a release sent out Friday morning the family said, "We have lost someone who was very beautiful and loving. We are grateful for the outpouring of help that this community has given us and would not be able to get through this without you. We also want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies for all of their hard work."


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