KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A senior judge recently appointed to oversee the murder cases involved in the torture killing of a young Knoxville couple has promised a quick ruling on whether three defendants should get new trials.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that, at a Thursday hearing in Knox County Criminal Court, Judge Walter Kurtz said the motions for new trials "don't need to fester any longer" and that he would decide on them by mid-January. The victims were 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom.
Lemaricus Davidson, his brother Letalvis Cobbins, Cobbins' pal George Thomas and Cobbins' girlfriend Vanessa Coleman were earlier granted new trials because the trial judge admitted abusing pain pills. The defendants have ties to Lebanon, Ky.
Coleman was retried and reconvicted last month.
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