Judge Denies Re-trial for "ringleader" in Christian-Newsom Murders
On January 15, senior judge Walter Kurtz ordered a re-trial for George Thomas, one of three defendants in the 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Ringleader Lemaricus Davidson and his brother, Letalvis Cobbins, will not get new trials and their convictions will likely stand. Judge Kurtz's decision is the latest in a complicated legal saga that began with revelations of drug abuse by the judge who oversaw Cobbins, Davidson and Thomas' original trials. WUOT's All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth spoke with Knoxville News-Sentinel Crime Reporter Jamie Satterfield for more on Judge Kurtz's ruling.