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Christian-Newsom – No Third Try For Vanessa Coleman!


imagesArguing  Coleman should have been granted immunity due to her appearance under subpoena before a grand jury and that evidence of her participation in the crimes was insufficient, Coleman’s defense was told by Judge Blackwood, empahtically, no third trial would be granted.

Coleman was sentenced to 35 consecutive years following a retrial for her role in the 2007 murder, torture and rape of Channon Christian. Christian’s boyfriend, Chris Newsom, was also killed but Coleman was not found guilty in his death.

Coleman is eligible for parole in about 4 years.

The retrial of defendant George Thomas is slated to begin May 13.



  1. Anonymous
    04/17/2013 at 4:31 pm

    That’s good news, right?
    I’m confused about one thing: if she was sentenced to 35 years why is she eligible for parole in four?

    • donchais
      04/17/2013 at 4:41 pm

      Been in jail over 6…don’t have to serve full term!

  2. David In TN
    04/17/2013 at 4:38 pm

    This was pretty much pro forma with the same arguments we’ve heard for years. The first parole hearing isn’t too far away.

  3. MMD
    04/17/2013 at 4:59 pm

    Good!!!! Hope parole is denied as well!

  4. Laine
    04/17/2013 at 5:47 pm

    Will this trial be live also donchais?

    • donchais
      04/17/2013 at 5:58 pm

      ayuh! Mini trial tho because it is a retrial of his already being sentenced to LWOP.

      • Laine
        04/17/2013 at 7:37 pm

        Thanks donchais, I have only just read some of this case and oh god those poor kids.

      • donchais
        04/17/2013 at 7:41 pm

        Yup, I have nightmares..can’t imagine what the families go through!

  5. ritanita
    04/17/2013 at 5:51 pm

    Woot! Let ‘Nessa spend her youth, what’s left of it, and her middle age, in prison. She really deserved life.

  6. Jo
    04/17/2013 at 6:03 pm

    As always, thank you for the update on these trials. You just know those families are going to be at every parole hearing. God give them the strength. I don’t know how much more they can endure.

  7. TerryP
    04/17/2013 at 6:55 pm

    Donchais, I live about 15-20 minutes away from where these murders took place. I have watched all the trials & plan on watching George Thomas’s retrial. Thought the JA trial would be long over before the Thomas retrial. Looks like that’s not going to be the case! How do you follow two trials at the same time????

    • donchais
      04/17/2013 at 7:10 pm

      Still tryin to figure it out!

      • TerryP
        04/17/2013 at 7:17 pm

        Did you catch the former judge (Baumgardner)’s sentencing last week’

      • donchais
        04/17/2013 at 7:19 pm

        Yup, not enuff IMHO!

  8. Bridget
    04/23/2013 at 2:35 pm

    My sister in law is from very near where this happened. She always said that it was a bad area of Knoxville, but that all of Tennessee is getting pretty scuzzy. I don’t live in the US (I actually moved to Japan in 2007), which is why I hadn’t heard much about this case.

    I’m glad to have been able to read about Channon and Chris now, and get a sense of the people whom they were – thank you for being a dedicated, caring person – who helped them.

    My thoughts are with them, and with the perps, too. Evil breeds evil – I feel bad that those kids (the perps) never had a chance. But, as you said – their sisters took the high road. They could have as well. Drugs are never the answer. Christian and Newsom families will be in my thoughts and prayers from now on.

    Keep up your fantastic work!

  9. David In TN
    04/25/2013 at 11:08 am

    The apartment building Channon and Chris were abducted from is not considered a “bad” area. It is actually an upscale sort of place. On the other hand, the not-so-good part of town was only a few miles away.

    At night, NO area is safe. People who you would not see in the middle of the day are out and about after dark in any city.

    • Bridget
      04/27/2013 at 9:52 am

      David in TN, I realize that I should have been more specific. My sister in law grew up near Chipman Street. – not the apartments at which they were abducted.

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