One of the five arrested in connection with the heinous, horrific rapes and murders of University of Tennessee student Channon Christian and her boyfriend Christopher Newsom in January — the only one to remain charged by Federal authorities — has received an upgrade of sorts in his charges that can effectively double the prison time he may receive.
Eric Dewayne Boyd, the low man on the totem pole so to speak, was originally charged with being an accessory after the fact of the car-jacking of Channon and Chris, having helped Lemaricus Davidson escape authorities, hide out and even use his cell phone to seek additional help when police sought his trail. Now, courtesy of a Federal Grand Jury in a superseding indictment, Boyd remains an accessory to the car-jacking, but it is now stipulated that Boyd knew beforehand that serious bodily harm or death had already occurred when he agreed to help Davidson. In short, it means Boyd knew Channon and Chris had been killed in connection with the carjacking, but failed to report the crime to authorities.
This change in charges doubles Boyd’s potential sentencing from seven years to up to 15 years imprisonment.
(A “superseding indictment” is the same thing basically as an “amended indictment” filed in local, county and district courts, but Federal courts do use the term “amended”. It is an indictment that supersedes, or replaces a previous one.)
Lemaricus Davidson, his brother Letalvis Cobbins, and George Thomas were originally charged in Federal court with carjacking, but the feds dropped the charges so the three could face an even longer list of charges by local authorities in Knoxville, as does Vanessa Coleman. Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas were named in 46 counts, including 16 counts of felony murder and 20 counts of rape involving both victims. Coleman was named in 40 counts, including 12 counts of felony murder and 20 counts of rape.
Trials for all five are expected to occur sometime next year.
I don’t have the stamina to repeat the details of this horrific nightmare suffered by Channon and Chris. But I wrote about it in length earlier.