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Petitioning Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole Deny Parole to Vanessa Coleman, Offender #473393

On the evening of January 6, 2007, Christopher Newsom and his girlfriend Channon Christian made dinner plans and then were to go to a friend’s house to watch a movie. They would never be seen alive again.

When Chris went to pick Channon up at the apartment complex where Christian’s friend lived, they were carjacked by multiple assailants. What followed was one of the most heinous, gruesome and senseless crimes in Tennessee history.

The couple were taken to a house in East Knoxville and held against their will where they were brutally tortured for hours.

Christopher Newsom was gagged with a sock in his mouth, his ankles were bound with his own belt, his hands were tied behind his back, his face with covered with a bandana and his head covered with a sweatshirt that his five assailants had tied around his neck.

He was then violently raped with an object and beaten.

One can only imagine the horror Christopher experienced as he was then forced to walk barefoot to the nearby railroad track, where he was shot in the back of the neck and fell paralyzed to the ground.

Next the assailants then stood over him, placed the gun against his head and fired twice more, killing him execution style.

As if that wasn’t enough, the attackers then poured gasoline on his body and set him on fire.

Channon Christian was forced into a back room of the house where she was hog-tied with strips of fabric from a bedding set. She was brutally raped “in every possible way imaginable” for several hours as the assailants beat her viciously.

By the time Christian was taken in the living room, the five attackers realized they had left their DNA on their victim. In an attempt to cover their tracks, they poured bleach down her throat and on her body before they wrapped her body in black garbage bags and covered her head in a plastic grocery bag.

She was then placed in a garbage can in the kitchen of the house—all of this while she was still alive.

Channon Christian’s last minutes on earth were spent slowly suffocating in a garbage can after she had been savagely beaten and raped for hours.

All five suspects in the case had been charged and convicted for the crime when it was discovered that the judge, at the state level, had a drug addiction, allowing four of the killers to take advantage of the justice system.

The five attackers are Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas, Vanessa Coleman and Eric Boyd.  After a second trial, all of the previous state convictions, except for Coleman and Thomas, were allowed to stand and the defendants remain in prison pending appeals.

Coleman had her sentence reduced by a third after a retrial!

Coleman went into prison with a 35 year sentence. However, due to prison overcrowding she has to serve only 30% of her sentence before being eligible for a parole hearing. In addition to her sentence being effectively reduced by 70% she has been accumulating additional time towards an early release, up to a possible 192 days per year for good behavior.

She is set to go before the Tennessee Board of Paroles in early October, 2014.

During the course of her trial for her part in the rapes and murders of Channon and Chris, evidence was presented from her diary entry dated 3 days after the murder. It read in part, “I’ve had one HELL OF AN ADVENTURE since I’ve been in the big TN. It’s a crazy world these days! But I love the fun adventures and lessons that I’ve learned. Its going to be a long interesting year! Ha! Ha!”

Please sign this petition and help the families of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian keep Vanessa Coleman, Offender #473393 in prison for as long as possible.


Anonymous said…
I just signed this petition and hope that others will do the same. I don't want to make this racist but,I really is. I don't understand why very little attention is given to two white kids brutally murder by a gang of black individual do not get a tenth of the news coverage that black kids get when murdered by a white individual. Neither murder is acceptable but, it's time that the media and all the activist that run to be in front of the camera step back and look at the every day injustice of black on white violence. If white took to the street and started looting businesses every time someone that is white is murdered by someone black, there would be no businesses left standing. Murder is wrong regardless if it is white on black or black on white. Just be fair and give it the same television air time.
TwilightZone said…
@anonymous You're racist mind don't even realize that justice was served! Every individual involved received convicted with hefty sentences. This was a heinous crime, but I rather criminals receiving swift justice than media attention any day. Your outrage is merely because of the color of the killers/torturers not because the victims have not received justice. That is completely different from Black individuals being murdered and their killers getting off Scott free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous said…
@ TwilightZone. Let me ask you this how is what anonymous said racist, why because they said where was the media attention? You know something TwilightZone it was the 'RACISTS' who stood behind CHristian/Newsom families thru out this trial. Instead people such as yourself where protesting the fact that the NSM, Klan, etc where standing at the courthouse in Knoxsville making sure that the Savages that did this didn't get off because I have friends that live in TN and they had never heard of this case until I brought it up to them bc News coverage was so lame. Where as get Al and Jesse involved you have that throw all across all the MSM news across the country and world. Those cases turn out to be BS LIES Hmmmmmmm is that so that Whites get off Scott Free. . .WHATEVER
Anonymous said…
According to Twilight zone blacks can do no wrong. And to say otherwise is racist.

News flash- these animals are racist to the core. They are brutal savages and deserver to be taken out back and a bullet put in their head- period. Better would be to do the same thing to them that they did to their victims.

If ever there were animals that need to be put down it is these animals.

To bad the Klan did not get hold of them before the cops.

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