Jury Convicts for 2nd Time in Christian-Newsom Case - Articles

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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 20, 2013

After seven trials, an episode of judicial corruption and 302 court appearances, the six-year saga to bring to justice those responsible for the torture-slayings of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian is one step closer to reality, Knoxnews reports. On Friday, a Davidson County jury, brought to Knoxville to hear a retrial of the case, found George Thomas guilty of the carjacking, kidnapping, rape and slaying of the young couple. But the jury gave Thomas’ defenders what they asked for, opting to impose a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. Senior Judge Walter Kurtz, who is overseeing the case, could add time to the sentence when he considers whether to label Thomas a dangerous offender. That proceeding is set for June 4.