TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 13, 2019
A Knox County jury declared Eric Boyd guilty in the Christian-Newsom murders, Knoxnews reports. The seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated since Monday before returning its verdict of first-degree murder in the Knox County Criminal Court trial this afternoon. The verdict carries an automatic life sentence for each of the two slayings. Judge Bob McGee will decide at a Sept. 18 sentencing hearing whether those two life sentences should be stacked one onto the other and what, if any, extra punishment Boyd should receive for the related crimes, including kidnapping and rape. Boyd is the fifth defendant to stand trial in the case.