Senate Passes Laws Inspired by Christian-Newsom Case

State senators approved two bills yesterday that honor the legacies of Knox County couple Channon Christian and Chris Newsom, who were brutally murdered seven years ago, WBIR reports. The Chris Newsom Act would do away with the state's 13th juror rule, which requires a judge to validate a jury verdict by signing a document. An amended version of the Channon Christian Act would prevent evidence or allegations of previous behavior that could call into question the character of a victim, defendant, witness or third-party. The House companion bills are set to be discussed by a subcommittee next Wednesday.