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Vanessa Coleman Guilty of Most But Not All Charges

11/20/2012

OK, originally charged with 40 counts when the charges included the kidnap, rape, and murder of Chris Newsom, the first jury released Coleman of all charges relating to Chris.

This retrial for facilitation of crimes against Channon focused on 17 charges.

The verdict came back today as:

Count 8. Not guilty of facilitation to commit first degree murder of Channon Christian in the Perpetration of Kidnapping Chris Newsom

Count 12. Guilty of facilitation to commit first degree murder of Channon Christian in the Perpetration of Rape of Channon Christian

Count 16. Guilty of facilitation to commit first degree murder of Channon Christian in the Perpetration of Theft of Channon Christian

Count 18. Guilty of facilitation to commit second degree murder

Count 23. Guilty of facilitation to commit aggravated kidnapping

Count 24. Guilty of facilitation to commit aggravated kidnapping

Counts 25, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38. Guilty of facilitation to commit rape

Counts 42, 44.  Not guilty of facilitation to commit aggravated rape of Channon Christian by anal penetration, vaginal penetration

Count 46. Guilty of facilitation to commit theft in an amount of $500 or less

Coleman could get less the 53 she was sentenced to or more, due to the facilitation of murder charges.  That will all depend on how Judge Blackwood sentences.

Blackwood did not set a sentencing date tonight, but said all parties will be notified by mail as to the sentencing date.

Channon, Chris, Hugh, Mary, Denna and Gary…have some peace tonight and sleep well!

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  1. ritanita
    11/21/2012 at 9:01 am

    I’m so relieved that this trial is over and that she was adjudged guilty on most of the charges. Based on the fact that she had concurrent sentences, I would hope she gets those 53 years again.

    Blackwood is the wild card here!

    • donchais
      11/21/2012 at 9:26 am

      I totally agree!

  2. David In TN
    11/21/2012 at 12:49 pm

    On Wednesday morning, Knoxville News Sentinel Reporter Jamie Satterfield was interviewed on a local radio station. She said that Vanessa Coleman wouldn’t have been charged without the admissions she made. In her first interview she claimed to have gone home on January 2 with Stacey Lawson.

    After admitting to being in the house, Coleman tried to protect Cobbins. Finally she said Cobbins went out with the others to kill Chris Newsom, leaving her alone with Channon Christian. Channon would be alive today if Coleman had opened the door. Coleman could have gone out with her.

    • donchais
      11/21/2012 at 12:58 pm

      I firmly believe Nessa could/should have saved Channon, but we know she was having too much fun on her ‘adventure’.

  3. Carlos The Jackal
    12/01/2012 at 10:09 am

    Hang them all with barbed wire.

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