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Fight to Keep Vanessa Coleman’s Statement Out


~Vanessa Coleman

Attorneys Russell Greene and Ted Lavit argued before Judge Richard Baumgartner yesterday that Coleman’s statements to U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent Bernard Waggoner should not be allowed to be heard by a jury.

Greene claims Waggoner threatened Coleman with a murder charge if she didn’t admit to what she knew about the 2007 killings of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

Agent Waggoner concedes that a part of Coleman’s statement wasn’t recorded, but also said Coleman knew she could be charged in the case but willingly waived her right to keep quiet.

“I did say something to the effect ‘You need to tell the truth or you could get in trouble,'” he said. “I might have told her she could be charged with murder. I don’t know if I did.”

Coleman always claimed she had no knowledge of what occurred in the Chipman Street house, however it was when she admitted seeing Lemaricus Davidson kill Channon, Waggoner began taping her statement.

Prosecutor Leland Price argued Waggoner did nothing wrong and also said the Coleman’s mother was present during the interview process.

Judge Baumgartner has not ruled on the defense motion.

Jury questionnaires will be given out on April 9.

Interviewing of potential jurors is scheduled for April 27 with a jury to be seated by April 30.

Opening arguments will begin May 3.

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  1. ritanita
    03/30/2010 at 9:45 am

    Pardon me if I am mistaken, but threatening Coleman here was quite realistic. Let’s hope the judge sees it that way.

    I’m still witing to hear what will happen with her diary.

    Even if her statement were to be tossed, there would still be her diary…

    Good luck with the blog!

  2. donchais
    03/30/2010 at 10:19 am

    Yes, Waggoner did nothing wrong – what he said to Coleman is quite natural.

    I’m quite anxious to find out what is in the diary!

    Thanks for the good wishes!

  3. ritanita
    03/30/2010 at 10:41 am

    Well, considering that the trial is near at hand, we should be seeing some decisions/hearings soon!

  4. David From TN
    03/30/2010 at 4:18 pm

    The next order of business will be where the jury will come from. The first trial, of Letalvis Cobbins, had a jury drawn from Davidson County (Nashville). The second, of ringleader Lemaricus Davidson, was from Knox County at the insistence of Davidson and his attorneys. The third, of George Thomas, was from Hamilton County (Chattanooga).

    My understanding is that Coleman’s attorneys have already called for a jury outside Knoxville (Knox County).

  5. donchais
    03/30/2010 at 6:08 pm

    Hi ya David, thanks for stopping by!

    I have wondered where the next jury would be pulled from. Must say though, it really hasn’t seemed to matter much!

    I am still obsessed with what the “journal” contains…not for the salaciousness – for the possibility the actual truth may be revealed.

    Again, thanks for finding your way to Calls For Justice.

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