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Christian/Newsom Murders – George Thomas Retrial Begins


22231650_SSThe retrial of George Thomas begins this morning.

Senior Judge Walter Kurtz will preside.

Defense includes Tom Dillard and Stephen Ross Johnson.

Prosecutors are TaKisha Fitzgerald and Leland Price.

The jury, seated Friday, comes from Nashville and will be sequestered in Knoxville.  The jury consists of eight women and eight men. Five of the women are black. All of the men are white.

Thomas was first tried in 2009 and sentenced to life in prison without parole for his part in the carjack, kidnap, rapes and murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.images-2

If found guilty again, the jury will decide whether Thomas should be sentenced to a life term with the possibility of parole after 51 years or with no chance of parole.

Because of double jeopardy, the prosecution cannot seek the death penalty, but they are seeking life with no parole.

Unfortunately for the families and many of us, this will be the sixth painful trial.

Senior Judge Walter Kurtz on the bench at 9:07.

Leland Price reads the charges to the jury.

Eerie hearing all 48 charges again!  Must be so difficult for the families. Gary is doing his angry rocking in his seat.

TaKisha Fitzgerald is presenting opening statements.

She shows a diagram of the Chipman Street house to the jury.

Jan. 6, 2007 George Thomas, Lemaricus Davidson, and Letalvis Cobbins carjacked Channon’s SUV and kidnap she and Chris.

She details how Chris’ body was found on the train tracks, shot, and burned.  Chris had also been raped.

When the kids didn’t come home, the families went out searching and found Channon’s SUV.  All her belongings were missing.

Police entered the Chipman Street house and Channon’s badly beaten body was found stuffed in a garbage can.  She had been orally, vaginally, and anally raped.  Davidson and Cobbins’ DNA were found.  Thomas’ DNA was not found.

Thomas did ride around in Channon’s SUV.  He did nothing to stop any of the brutality.

Stephen Johnson for the defense.

Johnson says George Thomas is not guilty or criminally responsible.  Being present is not a crime.  Failing to act to stop a crime is not a crime.  It’s not murder.  It’s not rape.

Thomas never participated in any conversation to steal a car.

Thomas’ DNA and prints were not found.

Thomas sat in a corner of the living room, smoking dope and watching television.

Why didn’t he help?  He grew up in Detroit Michigan.  He knew to survive, to keep his head down.

He did tell Davidson not to steal the car and to chill.

Thomas was asleep and woke when Davidson, Cobbins, and Eric Boyd came back in the house with Channon and Chris.  He decided he wanted no part of this and wanted to leave.  Boyd and Davidson, who had guns, told him he wasn’t going anywhere.

Morning recess called….

Wow, Kurtz just said he wants to go to 6pm!

Johnson continues…

Thomas’ police statement says he was trying not all to get involved.

The statement attributed to Thomas, F*** that white girl, she means nothing to me, wasn’t recorded.  It’s up to you to decide if it was made.

State calls Josh Anderson.  Good friend of Chris Newsom.  He also knew Channon.  He played golf with Chris the day he was kidnapped.

They were all going to a party at Jamie Hampton’s house that evening.

Chris and Channon never showed up.  At 10pm they tried to contact on their cell phones.

He and another friend drove to Kara’s apartment where Chris and Channon were supposed to be, but they weren’t there.  Chris’ truck was in the parking lot, but Channon’s SUV wasn’t there.

The next morning they started discussing where Channon and Chris might be and then found out Channon didn’t show up for work.

That evening he and a bunch of friends went with the Channon’s family to go out and search for Channon’s vehicle.

They found Channon’s SUV at Chipman and noticed all the stickers had been taken off the SUV.  They called police.

He identifies photos of Channon’s SUV.

The front seats were pushed all the back.  The back seat had mud and a pack of Newport cigarettes.  Neither Channon nor Chris smoked.

He identifies Chris’ baseball cap and sneakers he wore that day.

No questions from the defense.

Kara Sowards called.  Channon’s best friend and it was her apartment that Channon and Chris were at.

Chris was going to pick Channon up to get something to eat so Kara left to go to the party saying she would see them in a little bit.

She got home around 3:30 am and she saw Chris’ truck, but Channon’s SUV wasn’t there which was strange because Chris also drove.

She also went searching for Channon Sunday night.

Kara identifies photos of Channon’s 4 Runner and her apartment complex.

Kara identifies the clothing Channon was wearing the night of Jan.6.  A pair of jeans, a white camisole, pink stripped sweater, and hot pink heels.  Photos that Channon kept above her visor.  Channon’s purse.  Channon’s iPod   Some of the cloths bagged to go to Goodwill that were in the back of the SUV.

This is the first trial where Kara hasn’t burst into tears while on the stand!

No questions from the defense.

11:57 lunch is called…

Xavier Jenkins called.  He worked at Waste Connection, across the street from the Chipman Street house.  He saw Channon’s SUV at the house.

The SUV pulled around and checked him out and saw 4 people in it.  He believed they were 4 black males.

The mean mugged him so he mean mugged them back because he had the right to be there.

He saw the stickers on the back window of Channon’s SUV.

Told his supervisor something was wrong…the SUV was out place in that neighborhood.

Tom Dillard on cross…

Waste Connection was closed at the time?  Yes.

You could identify the color of the skin?  Yes.

What is mean mug?  An attitude to intimidate.

You don’t know them and they don’t know you?  No.

When you saw the picture of the vehicle, the windows were tinted?  Yes.

You perceived them to be black males?  Yes.

Adrienne Mathis called.  She had a white Pontiac Sunbird that she loaned to Eric Boyd.

Eric called her and said the car broke down.  It was on the street by the Chipman Street house.  She found a bag of small caliber bullets in the car.  She had a gas can in her trunk.

Dillard on cross…

Do you know Mr. Thomas?  No.

Do you know the difference between live and spent bullets?  Yes.

These were live?  Yes.

What did you do with the?  Threw them out.

Jerome Arnold called.  He lived a block from the Chipman street house.

He was watching television and at 1:45 Sunday morning and heard 3 large pops.

Roy Thurman called.  He was working off of Cherry Street and saw smoke coming from the railroad tracks.

He found out later that a body had been found on the tracks and told police what he saw.

Witness passed.

You didn’t see George Thomas?  No.

Jay Ford called.  Railroad engineer.  He found Chris’ body on the tracks.

At first he thought it was a log originally.

He stopped the train and called the dispatcher and told him what he saw.  Walked back and saw a badly burned, naked man.

He waited for Det. Childress and other LE to arrive.

He identifies a photo of the burned body of Chris.

Dillard on cross…

What was the weather day?  Kinda cold and rainy.

What time did you get to work?  8:15.

He saw the body between 12:15 and 12:23.

Robert Watson called. TN Fire Marshall bomb and arson unit.  Then became a K-9 handler.

He collected evidence from the tracks.  The ground showed definite evidence of gasoline.

He identifies photos of the scene.

No questions from defense.

Russ Whitfield, Knoxville City Police, forensics.

Jan.10 he went to the railroad tracks and photographed they evidence LE was collecting.

At a creek about 50 yards away he found multi-colored cloth he saw on the tracks and also a blue dog leash.

Laura Hodge called.  TBI crime lab.  Fire debris and gunshot residue analysis.

She reviewed the cloth and dog leash for ignitable liquids and found gasoline on both.

No defense questions!

Recess called for 10-minutes…

Court resumes at 2:52…

Kileen Wigel called.  She lived a short distance from Chipman.  Police came and asked about a vehicle parked in front of the house at 1:45am.  The 4 Runner. She was on her porch at midnight and there was no vehicle there.

Dan Crenshaw’s testimony is being read.  He passed away last year.  Forensics fingerprints, Knoxville Police.

Crenshaw was the one who found Davidson’s print on the bank envelope found in Channon’s SUV which lead to the Chipman Street house!  Davidson had been arrested prior and his prints were in AFIS.  The print was identified and a second person verified the print.

The vehicle was very clean and had been wiped down.

He also examined the trash bags that Channon’s body was stuffed in. He looked at 5 bags she was stuffed in and founds prints on the outer 3 bags.  He identified prints from Lemaricus Davidson’s palm.

He also found prints on Channon’s pay stub and photos from Channon’s SUV.

George Thomas’ prints were not found.

Keith DeBow called.  Knoxville Police.  SWAT Team.  He responded to Chipman.

They entered and cleared the residence.

The house was empty and when he saw the misshapen trash can in the kitchen and found Channon’s body in the trashcan.

The only door in the house was an accordion door to the bathroom.  No other doors, just blankets over the doorways.

A few days later he was called to the abandoned house where Davidson was hiding out in.  The broke a window out and got Davidson out.

Witness passed…

Johnson on cross…

The only firearm you found in the house was in the bedroom?  Yes.

Johnson shows the photo of the kitchen garbage can that DeBow identifies.

Witness released.

State calls Joe Cox.  Knoxville Police.  He was in forensics and photographed and video taped the crime scene for evidence.

No evidence had been removed from the house when he arrived on the scene.

The photos he took of the house are shown.

Spent 22 caliber cartridges. cases are seen in the sunroom and they go through room by room.

Several live 22 caliber rounds were also in the house.  A rifle was also found in the bedroom closet.

4:28, 10-minute break called…

Court back at 4:46…

Still going over photos taken at the Chipman house.

Cox identifies physical evidence taken from the scene.

Cox’s video of the Chipman Street house is now being shown to the court.

Cartridge cases and the gas can are shown.

Channon’s belongings are shown.

Floral sheets are shown.

Outside rear of house also has a gas can.

Witness passed….

Johnson on cross…

You gathered evidence?  I’m one of many from various agencies.

You had to call a truck to gather all the evidence?  Yes sir.

You wore gloves and tagged items?  Yes.

Witness released.

Lawyers stipulate on the DVD’s George Thomas checked out from Marion County, Kentucky library.

Tim Schade is called.  Knoxville PD forensics. He verified the fingerprints identified by Dan Crenshaw.  Lemaricus Davidson prints.

He details how prints are lifted and what types of surfaces that can yield prints.

He also found detail on the gun magazines found at the house.  Davidson and Cobbins prints were found.

Thomas’ prints were not found.

All of this testimony is being brought in to show just how heinous these crimes where and Thomas just sat back and heard it and let it all go down without a care in the world!

Johnson up…

You teach others how to do comparisons of latent prints?  Yes.

You did not identify and prints of George Thomas?  Correct.

Court is called at 6:04 to resume at 9am.

  1. 05/13/2013 at 6:14 pm

    Donchais, I started following the trial in Knoxville today and trying to,get fam.iliar with the case. Unbelievable cruelty. I admire your perserversnce and determination in following this case through 6 trials and hopefully to justice. Now I need to read today’s recap.

    OT…. Something thrilling just happened for me.., After all these days of reading comments and commenting once in a while myself, i just discovered the littl lit up message icon at the top of the WordPress page by my name, I was shocked!!!! And pfelt mildly stupid. There IS A WAY to,see if anyone responded to a comment without scrolling through Hndreds of comments to check. Brilliant !

    • donchais
      05/13/2013 at 6:18 pm


    • nyccowgirl
      05/13/2013 at 11:25 pm

      i still haven’t discovered this yet. where exactly is this? i used to scroll or just do a search…ugh!

  2. MMD
    05/13/2013 at 6:15 pm

    All I have to say Donchais and you are an extraordinary lady!!! I don’t know how you do this and keep all these trials straight, not to mention the emotional involvement/investment you have. You’re really getting brownie points from God for all you do. Thank you from all of us. Love ya darlin’ XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
    Now have a nice strong drink and relax!!!

    • donchais
      05/13/2013 at 6:20 pm

      Thx, like I said…had to sit on my typing fingers not to give all the spoilers I know away. These kids and their families literally grabbed my heart and I feel I owe them. Nobody ever accused me of being sane! {{{hugs}}}

  3. Beans
    05/13/2013 at 6:34 pm

    thanks donchais, i don’t know how you do it, juggling all this, dealing with us and keeping your soul intact.

    • donchais
      05/13/2013 at 6:38 pm

      I foresee a big break coming up, lol!

      • MMD
        05/13/2013 at 6:54 pm

        OK now you’ve put it in writing so you’re gonna have to stick with it darlin’!!!!! 😀

  4. ringadingding
    05/13/2013 at 6:41 pm

    What a disgusting pile of human waste to sit there and do nothing while this was going on (assuming it’s true that this…thing…did not actively participate in the kidnapping, rape, torture and murder). Beyond that…I’m just speechless.

    • donchais
      05/13/2013 at 6:44 pm

      Yeah, very hard to wrap your head around! The house literally could fit in my dinning, living room and kitchen and foyer. No freakin way he didn’t know what was going on!

      • NancyB
        05/13/2013 at 10:30 pm

        Exactly! And there are NO doors in the entire house – just hanging blankets except for the bathroom accordion door.

      • nyccowgirl
        05/13/2013 at 11:28 pm

        Even if he didn’t actively do anything, I’m still confused how he could have hung out in that house for hours and still not have one print? did they clean it like the car or did someone carry him around and do everything for him? what am I missing?

  5. TerryP
    05/13/2013 at 6:50 pm

    Donchais – didn’t VC put Thomas as one of the ones who left while Chris was being killed? Have you seen witness list? Ex-girlfriend Stacy going to testify again?

    • donchais
      05/13/2013 at 7:02 pm

      Yes, also said Thomas told her he was sorry he shot Chris, But, one criminal pointing finger at another…I do believe Stacy will be on the stand.

  6. donchais
    05/13/2013 at 7:06 pm

    MMD :

    OK now you’ve put it in writing so you’re gonna have to stick with it darlin’!!!!! :grin:

    Next up, September, Brooke Bennett…12-year old, kidnapped, drugged, rapped and strangled by her uncle. Case is in Federal Court…no cameras…so will report from local media coverage!

    • MMD
      05/14/2013 at 9:00 am

      Don’t know the story but I’m sure it’s heartbreaking and I’ll be following you.

  7. TerryP
    05/13/2013 at 7:09 pm

    Yea, the criminal vs criminal thing sucks! I knew one of the other thugs put some blame on him, wasn’t sure which one. Would love to see Eric Boyd on these charges as well. I do think he had part in Chris’s murder. Did Daphne ever say anything about seeing him that Sunday? I can’t keep their finger pointing straight!

    • donchais
      05/13/2013 at 7:12 pm

      Yes, she saw him.

  8. Wendy
    05/13/2013 at 9:56 pm

    Hi donchais! I don’t know how you keep your sanity going from one trial to the next and then back again. Thanks so much for all you do. Would love to send you on a vacation ( all expense paid) anywhere you would like to go. That would be wonderful. One question, where can I find something on these murders so I can get up to speed?

    • donchais
      05/13/2013 at 10:09 pm

      Front page of blog…top right…search and type Christian-Newsom…understand I started blogging this on another site, early on, but most here. Ya have to work from bottom up!

  9. 05/14/2013 at 12:47 am

    Courthouse? Information officer?

  10. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 8:58 am

    Donchais – what kind of night did ya have?????

    I lay in bed and even after listening to 2 trials, reading posts, all I could think of was the look on Josh Anderson’s face when the prosecutor was putting Newsom’s (as he called him), sneakers back in the paint cans after he identified them. Could NOT get that picture out of my mind! It truly broke my heart!!! No wonder this case has such a hold on your heart and I haven’t followed all the trials.

    I keep telling you darlin’, brownie points – they’re really adding up upstairs!!!

    • Nienna
      05/14/2013 at 9:17 am

      It was heart breaking! And he never took his eyes off the cans while the prosecutor moved them to where the other evidence was.

  11. Nienna
    05/14/2013 at 9:15 am

    Donchais… Do you have the link for the trial?

  12. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 9:27 am

    Awe his mother is on the stand testifying. This is truly heartbreaking!

  13. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 9:29 am

    Excuse me … my audio was was messed up … who is this on the stand? (Dare I ask?)

    • MMD
      05/14/2013 at 9:31 am

      I think it’s his mother????

    • 05/14/2013 at 9:33 am

      Was Chris’s mom now Channon’s mom.

  14. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 9:47 am

    OMG … “nobody was going to look for my daughter …. “

  15. ritanita
    05/14/2013 at 10:09 am

    Just got on. It’s awful to see Channon’s clothing.

  16. 05/14/2013 at 11:16 am

    This girl Shadix seems to keep looking at Thomas. Wonder what is up with that?

  17. 05/14/2013 at 11:29 am

    Ah ha! Daphne Sutton left that day. She did not have a cell phone or a working car, but she still left…

  18. truejustice
    05/14/2013 at 12:06 pm

    Was Daphne ( I think that is who this is ) living there or just girlfriend?

    • HJ Madison
      05/14/2013 at 12:10 pm

      Girl on stand was Lamarcus GF, name on the lease. HS drop-out, got preg in HS, had 2 kids. She, kids and Lamarcus all lived together. He beat her a couple of times, in and out relationship. Luckily the kids went to her parents some weeks before.

  19. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 12:26 pm

    Lunch break until 1:30 eastern. No sidebars … no objections …. maybe because they have all been thru it so many times before.

  20. truejustice
    05/14/2013 at 2:14 pm

    The photo of the tri-fold motorola cell phone .. is a huge reminder how long these families have been going through this nightmare.

  21. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 2:46 pm

    It’s amazing how incredibly large these exhibits make those tiny rooms look 😉

  22. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 2:46 pm

    Anyone know if the jury has or is going to go to this property?

    • MMD
      05/14/2013 at 2:51 pm

      never mind – I guess they’re going to rope it off. 😯

      • truejustice
        05/14/2013 at 3:04 pm

        The property where it occurred has been torn down. The business next to them bought the property and demoed it . They replaced it with a memorial for the the victims.

        They did do a video tape of the house at some point

      • MMD
        05/14/2013 at 3:23 pm

        TY tj. I’m so glad the property has been torn down. I just wish the prosecutors would use some more passion. I know that we had so much with JM but maybe a happy medium in between. It’s not like the prosecutor doesn’t know her stuff, because she really does, it’s just so matter of fact and a monotone. I just wonder if the jurors are going to tune her out which simply can’t happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • MMD
        05/14/2013 at 3:24 pm

        Yes, I saw the video tape of the property yesterday. They really were pigs!!!

  23. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 3:28 pm

    Is that Thomas’s mother and brother?

  24. 05/14/2013 at 3:29 pm

    MMD :
    TY tj. I’m so glad the property has been torn down. I just wish the prosecutors would use some more passion. I know that we had so much with JM but maybe a happy medium in between. It’s not like the prosecutor doesn’t know her stuff, because she really does, it’s just so matter of fact and a monotone. I just wonder if the jurors are going to tune her out which simply can’t happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ya she sure ain’t JM! she’s not gonna get anyone making cool vids about her style! Maybe an iceberg slowly floating by.

    • MMD
      05/14/2013 at 3:43 pm

      The first sign that I saw that she was actually not a robot was when they were roping off the courtroom and everyone laughed. These were brutal crimes!!!!! Kick it up lady!!! The male prosecutor is at least sounding a bit interested.

  25. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 3:46 pm

    How can she even remember everything with all the drugs she was on???? 😯

    • 05/14/2013 at 3:47 pm

      how old is she?

      • MMD
        05/14/2013 at 3:49 pm

        probably a lot younger than she looks 😉

  26. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 3:49 pm

    This woman — the one who drove them to the house — is terrible! Is all this really necessary? Is she on just to put Thomas there? Because the ex-GF did that.

    • 05/14/2013 at 3:50 pm

      I wanna know how old she is.. cos she goes… “I expected an older lady but she was only my age 😯 how old is she then? and what to her is an “older lady”?

      • MMD
        05/14/2013 at 3:56 pm

        well if she is the age of the defendants then probably early to mid 30’s because I think Kara said that she was 27? yesterday and I think Josh Anderson said he was 29.

      • 05/14/2013 at 3:59 pm

        omg she looked like she was in her mid 40s at least

      • HJ Madison
        05/14/2013 at 3:56 pm

        I want to know how she could drive!

      • 05/14/2013 at 3:58 pm

        LOLOL omg.. obviously she shouldn’t have been.. she’s openly admitting she was smoking ‘blunts’ while driving.. not to mention before driving as well.. wth is with these ppl??? 😯

      • HJ Madison
        05/14/2013 at 4:00 pm

        But I think it was the GF (Sutton) who answered the door. And she looks like maybe …. no she said she was to have graduated HS in 2003 so she is also 28 now, 22 then …

      • 05/14/2013 at 4:02 pm

        omg that’s worse then.. if she is same age.. that means she’s closer to 30ish… oh lawd plse no! she looks way way way older than that! She needs to stop taking drugs!!!

  27. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 3:51 pm

    truejustice :
    The property where it occurred has been torn down. The business next to them bought the property and demoed it . They replaced it with a memorial for the the victims.
    They did do a video tape of the house at some point

    Thanks for that info.

  28. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 3:52 pm

    I truly hate this punk ass defense attorney 👿

    • HJ Madison
      05/14/2013 at 3:55 pm

      The little brunette guy?

      • HJ Madison
        05/14/2013 at 3:55 pm

        Who just got whacked by the judge?

    • 05/14/2013 at 3:55 pm

      do you? I quite like the younger attorney.. don’t like his client at all… but the attorney seems to be doing quite a good job

      • MMD
        05/14/2013 at 3:58 pm

        Yeah, the one with the cocky attitude!

  29. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 3:54 pm

    Gee I like this judge!

    • 05/14/2013 at 3:57 pm

      yeah this judge seems good.. a lot better control than judge stephens

    • MMD
      05/14/2013 at 4:06 pm

      He’s really moving things along as is Judge Bell in OJ’s case. She started at 8 this morning! Unheard of I know, especially in Judge Stephen’s courtroom.

  30. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 4:04 pm

    While they were in Kentucky I wonder if they ran into Raylan Givens in Harlan County????????? Justified – best show on tv – FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. 05/14/2013 at 4:04 pm

    omg this is one of the poor detectives that had to put up with George Thomas endless statement of “know what I’m sayin”?

  32. Anonymous
    05/14/2013 at 4:07 pm

    I still can’t get over the fact that these families are sitting in the court day after day, year after year, and have to listen to this over and over. We keep wondering how the Alexander’s can restrain themselves from attacking wobo, how can these poor parents not rush up and strangle all the defendants that they have had to sit in the same room with all this time?
    Poor families…this is killing my heart…:(

  33. Anonymous
    05/14/2013 at 4:09 pm

    Sorry, Donchais. This is Jill. I’m on my husbands iPad. That was me that just posted as anonymous..

  34. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 4:10 pm

    Oh gees .. talk about pigs!

  35. 05/14/2013 at 4:10 pm

    this guy is like a big cuddly teddy bear cop

  36. 05/14/2013 at 4:12 pm

    they need some serious closet shelving or something!

  37. 05/14/2013 at 4:20 pm

    I cannot believe nobody did the right thing in any of this… not one of the mangy friends.. .. until they were forced into it seems nobody spoke out.

    • HJ Madison
      05/14/2013 at 4:30 pm

      I think the whole gang culture, for me anyway, is really difficult to understand. The GF this morning mentioned the red skirt and said she couldn’t wear red because it was against gang rules. And, yesterday the witness who said “mean mug” — meaning the body language was such he knew not to interfere because the guy gave him the “mean mug”. Just totally foreign to me …. completely!

      • truejustice
        05/14/2013 at 4:33 pm

        yes! Agreed.

      • 05/14/2013 at 4:34 pm

        yeah true. Is the whole area generally like this? Kind of seems rather low income low education.. but then I know knoxville has some world leading forensic facilities so I am kind of suprised and thinking must be pockets only?

      • HJ Madison
        05/14/2013 at 4:41 pm

        Syn: Like so many US cities, the “haves and have nots”.

      • 05/14/2013 at 4:46 pm

        *nods* k thanks

  38. 05/14/2013 at 4:29 pm

    he remembered to bring his glasses. Lala take note!!!!

  39. MMD
    05/14/2013 at 4:33 pm

    Are they going to 6 pm tonight as well? Anybody know???/…………..fading fast 😦

    • HJ Madison
      05/14/2013 at 4:38 pm

      Fading! Drink a cup-o-joe! OJ may make the stand yet … BTW, did you see the NY Post headline “OJ does lard time”. Good one!

  40. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 4:36 pm

    TJ: I have done a bit of reading on this. I thought this guy was charged as an accessory, do you think ALL this evidence is really needed?

    • truejustice
      05/14/2013 at 4:50 pm

      I’m haven’t looked to much at the case so I’m learning as we go.
      He was sentenced to life in his first trial, so the severity of sentence combined with it being a retrial they probably just want to make sure they don’t leave anything out.
      It is alot if info in a short time … I’m getting confused , so I’m sure the jury’s head is spinning.

  41. Jill
    05/14/2013 at 4:48 pm

    Our system gives monsters too much ” fairness”. This is ridiculous….these thugs are guilty and all this money and people’s time giving them power is horrendous.
    I keep seeing the parents view of the evil monster and it is intolerable that they have to b so close. . Let alone be in the same room…
    This whole system of giving so many rights to monsters is crazy!

  42. 05/14/2013 at 4:56 pm

    I have to say.. if the jury knows as much as me.. then I don’t like the way this prosecutor is ‘building’ her case. With Juan I knew exactly what he was doing and why… with this lady she just seems all over the place. I hope the jury knows more about this than I do or at the moment they are just feeling fairly confused as to where the prosecution is going with this. I realise it’s a different style entirely… but I would have thought it’s super important to bring the jury with you.

  43. HJ Madison
    05/14/2013 at 5:06 pm

    I missed the opening statements … and I am sure you are correct TJ. Further, I don’t think this judge would allow stuff in that is not required at some point. Because the jury was brought over from Nashville and sequestered, you know he is moving things along!

    Looks like they are done here for today.

    • 05/14/2013 at 5:14 pm

      I watched the opening statements and I know maybe a little more than this jury does about this particular defendants role in these crimes and I am waiting and waiting for the pros to get to the point where they address his actual involvement. To me they have not said anything yet but that he was there, he was high, and he went to Ky.
      I do understand they have to address the crime that was committed but it is getting a little murky to me.

  44. donchais
    05/14/2013 at 5:20 pm

    After sitting though 5 trails already, I can just about finish the witnesses sentences, lol!


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