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Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian Brutally Murdered As The Nation Looks on

By David Lohr

April 3, 2007

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Crime Library)— Recently, I received an email from a reader about a horrific double homicide that occurred several months ago in Knoxville. When I looked into the case, I was shocked and horrified by the amount of suffering the victims had incurred prior to their deaths. I was also shocked that I had not read about the case in any of the mainstream media. Conducting more research, I discovered that others were wondering the same thing. Many people are trying to turn the case into a race issue, as the victims were white and the alleged killers were black. However, their color has no meaning to me. They could be green and blue. It does not matter. What does matter is the fact that these two people's lives were not important enough, when compared to the likes of Anna Nicole Smith and Don Imus, to receive the attention they deserved.

On the evening of Jan. 6, 2007, Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, and Channon Christian, 21, went out for a night on the town. The young couple had been dating for two months, and they anxiously looked forward to every moment they could spend together. Christopher was a 2002 graduate of Halls High School. Channon had graduated from Farragut High School and was a senior sociology major at the University of Tennessee. Both had bright and promising futures ahead of them.

Channon and Christopher
Channon and Christopher

When Christopher and Channon failed to return home the following day, their families became worried and notified police that they were missing. Not long afterwards, a railroad worker found Christopher's body near some tracks between Cherry Street and Ninth Ave.

On January 8, Channon's cell phone provider traced her phone to a location on Chipman Street. There, authorities found her silver 2005 Toyota 4-Runner, but she was not in or around the vehicle. When crime scene investigators examined the car, they discovered a fingerprint on an envelope inside the car that was traced back to 25-year-old Lemaricus Devall "Slim" Davidson, a resident of 2316 Chipman Street.

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