TBI Rejects Families’ Request to See Baumgartner Files

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has declined to give the parents of murder victims Channon Christian and Chris Newsom access to its files on former judge Richard Baumgartner, who presided over early trials in the murder case but later was removed from office, WATE-TV reports. The parents had requested access to the files arguing that since prosecutors and defense attorneys were able to see the documents, the victims' families should be able to see them as well. "I'm not sure what we'll find, but we should be allowed to see those files and gain knowledge as to what was taking place during that period of time," said Hugh Newsom, father of Chris Newsom. The parents have filed a petition with the court to see the sealed documents but are awaiting a ruling in the matter. They also have asked the court for time to respond to the TBI’s decision.