Monday, December 10, 2007

Knox County Prosecutor To Seek Death Penalty Against Letalvis "Rome" Cobbins In Torture-Murders Of Channon Christian And Chris Newsom

Note: The trial of Letalvis Cobbins began on August 17th, 2009. All posts on the Letalvis Cobbins trial available HERE; the most current post will appear first.

On Saturday, December 8th, 2007, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols filed a notice of the state's intent to seek the death penalty if Letalvis "Rome" Cobbins (pictured at left), 25, is convicted in the January slayings of University of Tennessee student Channon Christian, 21, and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, 23. Click HERE for an index of previous stories from WVLT-TV Channel 8 Knoxville. This issue is also currently being discussed on the Vanguard News Network Forum.

Cobbins will be the first of four suspects in the killings to face trial, the likely explanation for why he is the first to draw a death notice. However, it has not been made clear why Cobbins is being tried first. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price announced the trial lineup earlier this year. In any case involving more than one suspect, the order of separate trials is typically a trial strategy in and of itself. Cobbins' girlfriend - Vanessa Coleman, the lone female suspect in the case - is being tried second. Davidson is third, followed by George "Detroit" Thomas.

But before any of those suspects faces a state court jury, a federal jury will get the first glimpse at a case where details have been kept tightly under wraps. That's because an alleged accessory to the carjacking, Eric Dewayne "E" Boyd, is set to stand trial in U.S. District Court in February for allegedly helping hide out Davidson after the slayings.

The state only needs to allege one legal factor for designating the allegations against Cobbins as a capital murder case, but Nichols cited eight:

(1). Cobbins was a violent criminal before the carjacking turned kidnapping, rape and slaying, having racked up "one or more felonies" involving "the use of violence to the person".

(2). Newsom was tortured.

(3). Christian was tortured.

(4). Newsom was slain to cover up Cobbins' alleged role in the carjacking, kidnapping, rape and robbery.

(5). Christian was slain to cover up Cobbins' alleged role in the carjacking, kidnapping, rape and robbery.

(6). Newsom's slaying came during the commission of crimes against Christian.

(7). Christian's killing came during and after the commission of crimes against Newsom.

(8). Cobbins' allegedly "mutilated the body of Chris Newsom after death," the notice stated. Newsom's body was set afire after he was shot to death.

Click HERE to view three-page complaint against Cobbins in PDF format.

The decision to seek the death penalty does confer some legal perks upon the defense. While Cobbins' attorney, Kimberly Parton, could not be reached immediately for comment late Friday afternoon, the death notice automatically will garner her a legal sidekick, slightly increase the amount of money she will be paid by taxpayers to defend the indigent Cobbins and provide some money for the services of expert witnesses and independent forensic testing and investigation. On the other hand, it also could delay the May 12th trial date currently set for Cobbins. [Ed. Note: Of course, one of Cobbins' fellow cons could do us a favor and save the Tennessee taxpayers the cost of a trial.]

Christian and Newsom had been out on a date when they encountered armed carjackers who wound up taking the couple along with Christian's Toyota 4-Runner. Authorities said the pair were robbed and taken at gunpoint to a house on Chipman Street where Davidson had been living.

The couple was beaten, tortured and repeatedly raped, according to authorities. Newsom was slain first, with Christian held and victimized several more hours before she was strangled and her body discarded in a large trash can inside the house.

Newsom's body, dumped alongside railroad tracks, was found less than 24 hours after the couple was reporting missing. It would be another two days, however, before Christian's body was discovered.

Alex Linder and the Vanguard News Network also have a vested interest in the case. It was Linder who led a contingent of an estimated 100 white activists and supporters in a May 26th rally for justice in Knoxville, where white nationalist radio host Hal Turner gave a rousing speech. The activists were opposed by ARA "minstrels" (they cannot be called activists in any sense of the word) decked out in fairy costumes, throwing flour in the air and chanting "White Flour". Linder was brutally slammed to the ground and arrested when he refused to enter the rally area through the "designated entry point" and moved halfway out into the street, verbally accosting the ARA minstrels. Linder was charged with resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, vandalism, and disorderly conduct; he initially pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On August 29th, Alex Linder pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest in exchange for dropping the other charges, and was fined $250 and given a six months suspended jail sentence by Judge Tony Stansberry in Knox County General Sessions Court. Linder subsequently enumerated his direct costs for the case at $2,135.10 and indirect costs at $400.

Stormfront activists, who are discussing this development HERE, also have a vested interest in this case. Stormfront activists formed the core of a second Knoxville rally held on June 16th, which, according to veteran white activist Glenn Miller, attracted an estimated 200 supporters.

You can also visit the Channon Christian website for more information.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Letalvis getting a death penalty case is going to bolster him to a good and solid lead in the . He's already in first place above Savannah's Slavery Avenger, Michael Thorpe.

Many think Thorpe will come back to win:

“No, you can’t have my purse,” donning her snottiest and most arrogant aires, she protested. “It’s my purse. My wealthy daddy gave it to me!I just finished dancing with him at the debutante ball; where I was the debutante.” - Booker Johnston (fictional re-enactment)

Most blacks are striving for recognition in the Sexiest & Hardest Ghetto Black Male Felon Bragging Rights competition.

I’m pulling for Savannah’s ‘African American Slavery Avenger’ Michael ‘Turtle’ Thorpe. He slew privileged Jennifer Ross in the 2005 Christmas eve botched robbery when Jennifer (snootedly) refused to yield her purse to him. Jennifer and her family’s privileges (wealth) were built from their forebearers’ ownership of African American slaves. Her alleged slayer, Thorpe, is a direct ancestor of the African American Slave Trade.

More, the Rosses never paid their reparations!

Can you imagine someone with that wealth, privilege and history valuing her purse over her life when requested by (its true owner) the African American slave? She deserved to be killed by him. It was / is a good slaying that embraces classic elements of poetic justice.

More on Channon
Below is an excerpt:

"Channon Christian Lie and Cover-up: I am reading alot of lies and untruths about that white devil, Channon Christian . ... SHE KNEW HER 'attackers' ..staged the whole thing. Being privlidged and the heiress of slaveowners, she was only focused on her own selfish life of sex and drugs. Tired of her boyfriend .. focused on a gangbang with Black males she knew -

Our Brothers agreed out of fear and did everything (that she told them to do) including using her filthy body as she told them to .. acts of torture .. demanded .. her sexual fantacies included killing her .. Only a daughter of the devil himself would want to be ****ed and tortured to death."