Is the Media Racially Bias towards Crime?
Saturday January 6th 2007 a man by the name of Hugh Christopher Newsom age 23 decided to take his girlfriend Channon Christian age 21 out on a date both were students at the University of Tennessee. This would soon turn into a night that their families would ever forget.
The two were driving Channon’s Toyota 4-Runner the next thing they knew they were held at gunpoint and kidnapped. Chris and Channon were taken to a home on Chipman Street in Knoxville Tennessee. While held at gunpoint Channon was forced to watch Chris be raped prison style and watch as the suspects cut off his penis. The suspects later took him to a railroad nearby where they shot him in the head and set his body on fire. They then turned to Channon and began beating her and gang raped her repeatedly, than cut off both of her breasts and poured bleach down here throat to destroy any DNA evidence while she was still alive. After this the suspects then took turns urinating on her and set her body on fire while still in the house. There were five separate trash bags found full of Channon’s body parts.
Five suspects were found guilty and charged. Three of the men were found guilty of 46 counts. Lemaricus “Slim” Davidson age 25, 16 counts of Felony Murder, two counts premeditated murder, four counts aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts aggravated rape and two counts of theft. Latalvis “Rome” Cobbins age 24, charged with 16 counts Felony Murder, two counts aggravated robbery, four counts aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts aggravated rape and two counts theft. George “Detroit” Thomas age 24 was also charged with 46 counts including 16 counts Felony Murder, two counts premeditated murder, two counts aggravated robbery, four counts aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts aggravated rape and two counts theft. Vanessa Coleman age 18 faces 40 charges which include 12 counts of Felony Murder, 1 count premeditated murder, 1 count aggravated robbery, four counts of aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape and two counts of theft. The last and final suspect Eric “E” Boyd age 24 was only arrested in connection with the carjacking of Channon’s vehicle but faces charges for being an accessory.