WARNING – This story features the horrific events of an unspeakable crime. The details in this story are extremely graphic in nature and will be disturbing to many readers. Sensitive readers are strongly cautioned from proceeding any further. There is no shame in turning back now, once you read something, you cannot unread it.
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Tennessee (The Gaslamp Post) – The U.S. Attorneys office announced Friday, that they have launched a federal probe into the misdeeds and outright violations of state law by a criminal court judge. Ex-justice Richard Baumgartner, pled guilty to one count of official misconduct under a plea deal in 2011. Baumgartner was photographed buying prescription drugs from a paroled felon that had gone before him in criminal court.
According to the investigation, Baumgartner also repeatedly had sex in his chambers with another individual who had gone before him. The woman, who was a graduate of a Drug Court program, had sex in the courthouse with Baumgartner, in exchange for leniency. The special judge who has been put in place to review many of the cases decided by Baumgartner, Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, spared him a felony conviction as well as jail time, thus leaving his pension eligibility intact.
Among many of the cases that are being reviewed by Blackwood, is the 2007 rape and murder trials of 5 people, who were convicted by Baumgartner, in 2009.
This is where we have more evidence of media bias and coverup. This story which was labeled simply as a “torture-slaying” case, never made the networks and I stumbled upon it purely on accident.
In 2009, then Judge Baumgartner convicted 5 black individuals, sentencing them; one to death, two to life in prison without parole, one to 18 years in prison, for the 2007 rape and murder of a young white couple. The final defendant in the case, a female, was sentenced to 53 years.
As it stands now, all 5 defendants in the case have been granted new trials because of Baumgartner’s incompetence. This means that the families of the slain couple are going to have to relive the horror of the case, all over again.
The court case which shocked the city of Knoxville, surrounded the events of the early morning of January 7, 2007.
According to reports, the young couple, 21-year-old, Channon Christian and 23-year-old, Christopher Newsom, had gone out to dinner and were never seen or heard from again. The two were reportedly carjacked while on their way to a friend’s house where they had planned to watch a movie. Their families had called police the next morning when the two failed to return home.
The body of Newsom was found near railroad tracks, wrapped in a piece of carpet and still burning. His body was set on fire and then abandoned.
Cell phone records helped locate Christian’s vehicle, where police obtained a fingerprint which led them to their first suspect, 25-year-old, Lemaricus Devall Davidson, aka, “Slim.” Her body was found mutilated in a trashcan, inside of Davidson’s residence. This is where the entire story came out.
Five animals (for lack of a better word and unfortunately insulting to animals), were all arrested and tried for their role in the horrific crime.
After the couple was carjacked and kidnapped at gunpoint, they were both blindfolded and taken to the home of Lemaricus Davidson. Once there, the couple was raped and murdered. Yes, you read that correctly.
The assailants anally raped Newsom in front of his girlfriend, before cutting off his penis, and then shot him several times. His assailants wrapped his body in carpet and took it to some nearby railroad tracks, where they set it on fire.
Once Newsom was out-of-the-way, the perpetrators then turned their sick rage onto Christian. She was raped vaginally, anally, and orally, over the period four days. According to the report; she was beaten, mutilated (they cut off one of her breasts), urinated on, had bleach poured down her throat and on her face, and eventually shot and killed. Like Newsom, her body was wrapped up and set on fire, but instead of being abandoned, her body was stuffed in the trash.
Originally, Davidson was sentenced to death by lethal injection for his role in the robbery, rape, and murder of the couple. His brother, Letalvis Cobbins, and accomplice George Thomas both received life sentences for their roles. Vanessa Coleman received a sentence of 53 years, and unindicted accomplice Eric DeWayne Boyd, was sentenced to 18 years as an accessory in the carjacking.
They are all now awaiting a retrial.
It is curious that given the magnitude of just how horrific this crime was, that it got as little media coverage as it did. A junkie judge getting kicked off the bench? A white couple being raped and murdered? A body set on fire and abandoned by railroad tracks? A female gang-raped and having one of her breasts cut off before she was killed?
What more is necessary in order for something to become newsworthy? Why did this case not get more media coverage than it did? Even now, as the judge in the case was removed from the courtroom, the recent coverage only labels it in a benign way, not granting the story the attention that it should.
I agree with Snopes on this one; where is Jessee Jackson? Where is Al Sharpton? When they’re done milking the camera for every possible second of media coverage that they can cash in on, will they touch this subject? Of course not, because only black victims that they can use to further their careers are what matters to them.
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Sources for story: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/mar/24/ex-judge-richard-baumgartner-under-federal-probe/ http://www.knoxnews.com/news/news/local/channon-christian-christopher-newsom-murders/ http://silentconsort.wordpress.com/2008/10/ http://silentconsort.wordpress.com/2009/08/ http://snopes.com/politics/crime/newsom.asp