Category Archives: abduction

Merry Christmas, Michael Devlin

With additional thanks to US District Judge Jean Hamilton, Michael J. Devlin will never, ever see the light of day beyond penitentiary walls for the rest of his life.

In a Federal hearing this morning, Devlin was sentenced to 170 additional years of imprisonment to be served at the conclusion of his current life sentences previously delivered by state courts in October. 

And until Fate delivers Devlin’s final breath, we will celebrate the fact that he will never hurt another child.

Michael J. Devlin was sentenced in October to more consecutive life sentences than he could possibly survive from the multitude of charges handed down in Franklin, Washington and St. Louis counties in Missouri for the abductions and tortures of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby.  Devlin pleaded guilty to every single charge.

Today’s sentencing by Judge Hamilton was far in excess of the standard Federal sentencing guideline of 30 years (duly requested by Devlin’s attorneys), and was exceptionally severe punishment for Devlin’s guilty pleas to various still and video pornography charges and for transporting Hornbeck across multiple state boundaries.

Todd Frankel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice recounting of today’s hearing here.

With all cases against Devlin now having reached their conclusions, one can only wonder where Devlin will serve his time.  There is even speculation that Devlin may be given a new identity to protect him during his lifetime ahead of incarceration.

Regardless, it is my fervent hope that Devlin lives a long, long, long life…

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Accomplice to Horrific Knoxville Murders Has Charges Increased

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.

Michael Devlin Bouncing About

There hasn’t been much information lately about Missouri’s most notorious alleged child molester, Michael J. Devlin, as many of his court hearings have been passed for a while.  However late last week, Devlin was temporarily transferred to St. Louis County to await his arraignment there on those 71 felony counts (69 forcible sodomy and 2 kidnapping) coming next month.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke facilitated Devlin’s transfer last week, but will have Devlin back in the Franklin County Jail soon after the arraignment is concluded.

The best news in all of this is for Devlin’s legal team, led by  Ethan Corlija, who will have a month to meet with Devlin without having to drive an hour or so each way.

As you may recall, the bulk of the state’s case against Devlin resides in St. Louis County, where one count of kidnapping and the vast majority of the sodomy charges relate to Devlin’s kidnapping and sexual assault of Shawn Hornbeck for over a four-year period.  The remainder of the counts relate to his kidnapping and sexual assault of Ben Ownby.  Both boys were miraculously discovered in Devlin’s clutches four days after Ben was abducted.

The entirety of the Franklin County charges concern Ben’s abduction.  Washington County added charges of attempted murder (for trying to suffocate Shawn in his first month of captivity), kidnapping, armed criminal action, three counts of forcible sodomy, and one count of attempted forcible sodomy relating to Shawn.  There are also six federal charges rounding out the cadre of four jurisdictions involved so far.

No plea agreement has been reached by any authority with Devlin.

The prosecutors in Franklin County have answered Corlija’s request for all the info they had on Devlin (Discovery), and D.A. John Rupp has reciprocated by requesting Corlija send his info also.  Ditto in St. Louis County.

As his current court docket stands, Devlin will appear September 10 in Washington County, where the judge will rule on defense requests for a change in venue, as well as to determine how the jury pool will be selected.  His arraignment in St. Louis County is scheduled for September 19 and will hear several preliminary motions filed there.  And on October 13, Devlin will return to Franklin County, where the judge will hear various defense motions filed there, inclusive of Corlija’s latest request for a change in venue.

And the Feds wait for their turn last at bat when all else in all counties is concluded.  When the dust settles in Missouri, Devlin faces federal charges of producing child pornography and transporting a minor (Hornbeck) across state lines for the purpose of conducting criminal sex acts.

More reading?  See info on Devlin’s transfer to St. Louis County and Toelke’s insistence that Devlin will be returning to Franklin County afterwards, and info about Devlin’s arrival in St. Louis County and the issues anchored there.

For background info, I’ve written previously about Devlin’s case here, here, here, here, and in about 25 other posts, at very least.  Probably the easiest way to find all of them is through wading through this Google Search.

A June Update on Michael Devlin; Corlija Draws Former Client’s Wrath

Nothing has hit the airwaves recently regarding Michael Devlin or any of his cases in Franklin, Washington and St. Louis counties in Missouri.  But I take that as good news, since it means everyone is keeping their mouths shut and getting down to business.

Devlin’s next court appearance will come next week, on Thursday, June 21, when his attorneys file an appearance before their fairly newly appointed judge in Franklin County, The Hon. Stanley Dale Williams.  (I noted the change in judges and a few other minor updates last month.)

The appearance hearing should be fairly quick, but  I imagine Mr. Ethan Corlija will present his Defendant’s Request for Change of Venue and perhaps others.  We’ll see.

Speaking of Mr. Corlija, he has apparently raised the ire of a former client.  In a lengthy post three days ago (June 12th) to RipoffReport, “Lisa” titles her complaint, “Ethan Corlija …lawyer will lie and deceive to take your money, then provide little or no defense Clayton Missouri.” 

As they say, “Hell hath no fury…”

Just in case that page mysteriously disappears, allow me to offer it here, in its entirety, for posterity’s sake:

“…

Ethan B. Corlija of the law offices of Hogan, Sokolik, Corlija And Kielty located in downtown Clayton missouri practices fraudulent and deceptive practices by making false promises regarding criminal defense cases. He will lie about the ‘connections’ he has in the Saint Louis County Court system by name dropping and using his prior employment at the facility as a selling point to attempt to steal your money. DONT BUY INTO THIS!

He was a level 4 prosecutor in Saint Louis County, the lowest in existence. He only worked there for approximately 1.5 years and has no pull with the staff whatsoever. He will accept a small retainer for his services and if, on your date in court, you do not have the remanding balance he will tell you to ‘get it now, or I will go tell the judge I want off your case’.

He will lie to you about your release date/probationary period end date by knowingly incorrectly informing you of the Missouri DOC parole schedule and/or the County Jail’s ‘Good Time’ system.

For instance, he told me that on a 120 day shock sentence that I would be out in 90 days. Untrue, you must do the whole 120 days. He told me on a 3 year backup that I would be paroled in 6 months. Untrue, on an assault charge you must do 33% of your sentence or 1 year at a minimum. He stated before my court date that ‘you aren’t going to jail, I don’t make money by having incarcerated clients’. Untrue, most of his clients are in jail or have had to do some period of incarceration.

If you want a good lawyer you would be well advised to call the offices of RSRG. I had to do so just to have the mess Mr. Corlija got me in cleaned up. It cost me ten’s of thousands to do so.
Lisa
University City, Missouri
U.S.A.

…”

Personally, I think this gal is a Class A spook.  She is obviously enraged that she couldn’t walk away from her “assault charge” and has blamed Corlija in witless detail for having to serve her full sentence, which she clearly understands was mandatory as noted above in her own words.  A lot of attorneys attract the ire of clients when things don’t go as well as the clients hoped.  But most clients are not stupid enough to post such a long and easily identifiable rant as Lisa has done.  Of course, committing an “assault charge” could be fairly strong proof of that, with the disclaimer being I know nothing whatsoever about her case.

If anything she has written is not true, moreover not provable…

Lisa, meet libel per se:  “broadcast or written publication of a false statement about another which accuses him/her of a crime, immoral acts, inability to perform his/her profession, having a loathsome disease (like syphilis) or dishonesty in business.  Such claims are considered so obviously harmful that malice need not be proved to obtain a judgment for “general damages,” and not just specific losses.”   (Emphasis mine.)  Yet malice is obvious in her post.

Mr. Corlija and his team are likely up to their hair follicles in trying to defend Devlin against citations in three Missouri counties and the Feds, as well.  So this one may have escaped his radar, but I doubt it.   I’m sure Lisa’s rant is the least of his concerns right now.

I readily admit I feel for this fellow and his firm.  They landed a business coup with the Devlin case, but unless Devlin has a benefactor, Corlija is expending huge sums in operating capital from his firm and may or may not recoup.  He is up against a fifty-foot wall of tough evidence, tough prosecutors, a set of very tough state statutes, even tougher opposing resources, overwhelming public preconviction of his client, and near insurmountable victimization by Devlin of what will be the two star witnesses at trial in Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby.  Corlija’s only possible strategy is to attempt to discredit overwhelming evidence, while trying to evidence that Devlin is less of a monster than we all believe him to be.  That takes a lot of money…

In my opinion, the trade-off that Corlija, et al, hope for will come in the future if they are able to gain any compromise or (miracle required) somehow manage to reduce Devlin’s legal exposure.  If he can do that, his name (and the tremendously enhanced reputation of his firm) among criminal law circles will be written alongside the greats in history.  After all, thirteen years later, who doesn’t recognize the names, “Johnny Cochran,” “Robert Shapiro,” and (my favorite) “Barry Scheck.  I can personally guarantee you the quip, “Scheck Happens!” is still stated regularly in law firm war rooms.

Personally, every cent of my money is on the cadre’ of multi-jurisdictional prosecutors.  And I wish them God Speed.

What’s New (in May 2007) for Michael Devlin?

With the attorneys all privately preparing for full-scale legal wars, there has been very little to report on Missouri’s Michael Devlin lately…until this week.

 

To summarize:

 

Sometime recently, Mr. Devlin has been moved from solitary confinement and now has a cell mate.  I will leave us all to speculate how well that relationship is going.

 

In response to Devlin counsel’s production request of April 18, a large packet of paperwork (also known as evidence) has been signed off by all four charging jurisdictions (Washington, Franklin and St. Louis counties, and the U.S. Attorney’s office) and has been delivered to Ethan Corlija and Michael Kielty.  Business as usual there.

 

The packet contains all information they need to defend their client on the now 86 charges Devlin faces. (The current count cites 71 from St. Louis County, 7 from Washington County, 6 Federal charges and 2 from Franklin County.)  But this information will not include any information relating to ongoing investigations.  Notable among that list is whether Devlin has a connection with the disappearance of other young boys in the reasonable vicinity.

 

For the record the seven Washington County charges are new, having been filed on April 17 following Grand Jury indictments there.  In those counts, Devlin is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, armed criminal action, three counts of forcible sodomy, and one count of attempted forcible sodomy.  In the action filed, Washington County DA John Rupp further described Devlin’s attempt to suffocate Shawn Hornbeck during his first month of captivity.

 

Currently, investigators are probing any possibly connected between Devlin and the following children:

Scott Allen Kleeschulte, who disappeared in 1988 while walking near his home in St. Charles. He was nine years old at the time of his disappearance.

Charles “Arlin” Henderson, who disappeared in 1991 at the age of 11 near his home in rural Lincoln County.

Steven Kraft, who disappeared in 2001 near Michigan, where Devlin often vacationed. Steven was 12 when he disappeared. Investigators are really hot on this case, since they have a variety of evidence linking Devlin to the area around the time of his disappearance…just prior to Devlin’s abduction of Shawn Hornbeck.

Dalton Mesarchik, 7, who disappeared in 2003 in Illinois. His body was found the next day following his abduction near the Vermilion River.

Also, Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks mentioned to press recently that all four jurisdictions are preparing a plea agreement to offer several consecutive life sentences in exchange for Devlin’s guilty plea.  But Corlija scoffed at the notion and exclaimed that he will take Devlin to a jury trial, where he feels his client will have the best chance of success.

And last, but not least, Franklin County Judge Gael Wood has granted Corlija’s petition to step down from the case.  As of May 15, 2007, the Missouri Supreme Court has assigned The Hon. Stanley D. Williams to hear the case to come before him.

 

Next on Devlin’s counsel’s schedule is Devlin’s arraignment before the Washington County Court on May 21 to answer the seven new charges there.  Expect Devlin not to personally attend.

 

Without a single legal hiccup so far, the case is progressing admirably.  More to come…

 

The Unspeakable Murders of Channon and Christopher

I can find no words to describe the inconceivable evil that five human beings brought against two young people, one a senior in sociology at the University of Tennessee, at the beginning of this year.  I have struggled to even partially comprehend the level of attrocities, the terror committed, the pain inflicted upon two other human beings.  And I remain stunned in the aftermath of verifing this tragedy is very real.

This is a story that has not hit the mainstream media and would not be noticed at all, if not for the local Knoxville press and the blogosphere at large.  Like me, people across America and beyond are struggling to understand why this story has received practically no coverage when this case sincerely makes the Missouri monster, Michael Devlin, seem like a boy scout in comparison.  And Devlin’s attrocities committed against two young boys will have me cheering if and when he is put to death…if I live so long to see it.

This case is much, much worse across the board.

Is the evil committed in this case too gruesome for media to report?  (Doubtful.)  Is it that murder has become so commonplace today that this attrocity is not even considered “news” in our wholly narcissistic society?  (Perhaps.)  Is it because there was no chase to cover, no developing story to grab our attention, no manifesto sent by these evils to NBC?  (Undoubtedly.)

Could it be that our mainstream media has a specific agenda regarding race and hate crimes, under which this story doesn’t have a place?  Is it that the two murdered young people were white and the five evil monsters who carjacked the couple, gang-raped and sodomized them, mutilated and tortured them so horribly were black thugs…and there is no Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson to find this event reprehensible and scream for justice?  (Inarguably.)

I join a quickly growing host of people who seek answers and absolutely demand that this story be told.  And I ask you to join me in doing the same.  Regardless of one’s opinion as to why this story has not received attention and far beyond the fact that the assailants are black, their hatred of humanity is terrifyingly clear for the world to see through their methods of orchestrating the ends of two innocent, young lives.

May God bless and bring comfort to the families and so many friends of Channon Christian, 21, and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom.

Be clearly warned:  This post is extremely graphic.

On Saturday evening, January 6, 2007, Christopher and Channon left on a date to have dinner and find fun in Knoxville.  At around 12:30 a.m., Channon called her parents and told her father that they were headed to join some friends at one of their houses, but would be home in a couple of hours.

But the couple never made it.  They met the incarnations of evil.

At a location that authorities will not release, Channon and Christopher were carjacked by three black thugs.  They were robbed and beaten, bound, gagged and blindfolded, and taken to a house where a young black woman only 18 years of age, was there waiting to join the party. Once at the house, Christopher was repeatedly sodomized and gang-raped by ALL four and brutally beaten, while Channon was forced to watch and listen to his screams of agony as the evil ones laughed and drooled in their joy.  Then the group turned their sights to Channon and ALL four repeatedly and brutally gang-raped and sodomized her, while Christopher was forced to watch and listen helplessly.

At some point during that Sunday, it was reported the group used a box cutter to castrate Christopher, forcing Channon to watch this unbearable torture.  Then he was shot three times.  At some point, Christopher was soaked with gasoline and set afire, but I can find no credible information as to when or where.  Christopher was wrapped up in bedsheets and/or a comfortor and taken away by one of the thugs to be dumped nearby.  Police have clearly stated their belief that Christopher was dead by nightfall.

Meanwhile, the remaining four continued to rape, beat, sodomize and urinate upon Channon repeatedly, and they did so throughout Sunday and late into the night before Monday’s dawn.  They sprayed a household disenfectant into her mouth and other orifices – not to poison or kill her, but to try and destroy their DNA evidence.  The evils used the same box cutter to completely sever one of her breasts, apparently while she was still alive.  She may have been strangled and she was certainly set afire.  Then Channon was completely dismembered, her body parts thrown into trash bags.

And the incarnates of evil scattered to the four winds.

When Channon and Christopher failed to return home that Sunday morning, nor could either be reached by cell phone overnight, their frantic parents notified Knoxville police and a large scale search ensued across the area.Shortly after Noon that Sunday, Christopher’s body was found by a railroad worker wrapped in “a sheet or a comfortor,” laying where it had been thrown alongside some railroad tracks on the seedy east side of town.  His body had been mutilated and beaten mercilessly, he had been bound with rope or bootlaces, shot three times, and his body had been badly burned using an accellerant.

When Channon could not be found overnight, a search warrant was issued to her cell phone provider and they were finally able to trace her phone signal to the nearest tower by the end of the day.  Her family and police found her abandoned vehicle  late Monday only about two blocks away from where Christopher’s body was found and, by the way, about two blocks from where their tortures and murders had been committed.From the vehicle, forensic teams were able to lift a fingerprint that was a perfect match for one Lamaricus Devall Davidson, a local thug who was released in August 2006 after serving time in the state penitentiary for multiple convictions on aggravated robbery and carjacking from Madison County.

On Tuesday mid-afternoon, Police swarmed Davidson’s residence of record, a rental home he shared with his half-brother Letalvis Cobbins and Cobbins’ live-in lover, Valerie Coleman, 18.  Cobbins is also a convicted felon.  He was convicted on felonious third-degree attempted robbery in Queens County, New York in 2003, although I cannot ascertain if he ever spent any time behind bars.Police found no one inside the house and the front door was open.  What they did find was an unrecognizable body that had been brutalized, mutilated, dismembered and contained within five separate trash bags stuffed into a large trash can in the kitchen.  The Knox County ME later identified the body as Channon Christian.

Police now began a search for Davidson and Cobbins, whom they described as “persons of interest.”

On Thursday morning, county, state and federal authorities tracked down Cobbins and George Thomas hiding out at a friend’s home in Lebanon, Kentucky.  Later that afternoon, police tracked down Davidson hiding out in a vacant house in the Mechanicsville area.  When police apprehended him, he began crying uncontrollably, according to a statement made by the Knox County DA.

In two separate searches of the residence (before and after Davidson’s arrest), police seized a ton of inflamatory evidence in addition to the loaded .22 pistol police recovered from Davidson’s person and a .9mm taken from Cobbins at the time of their arrests.  There was a .30 caliber rifle, two empty boxes of .22 ammo, a few empty .22 casings, a 9mm magazine (with Cobbins’ fingerprints), loose .22 and .38 Special bullets, gasoline- and blood-soaked clothing, blankets and clothing fragments, hair, socks, shoes, a gun cleaning kit, several cell phones, a silver I-Pod, a near empty spray bottle of household disinfectant, two red gas cans, and a plastic bag with more hair and socks…to name merely a few of the police evidence listings.

Soon after the initial three arrests, police began chatting with Vanessa Coleman, Cobbins’ live-in and mother of his two young children.  Coleman was discovered when police raided the Lebanon, KY house to find Cobbins and Thomas.  Considered a witness at first, she described to police what had happened in the house and that she had seen some of the attrocities.  As is now known, she was a very active participant every step of the way of  Channon’s and Christopher’s torture and demise.

Coleman was finally arrested in early February in Lebanon, Kentucky and fought extradition back to Tennessee for weeks.  She’s there now, though.  Unlike the other thugs, Coleman (also indigent) managed to secure representation by a private attorney, although people cannot conceive of who is paying what will be her huge legal tab.  All of the attorneys are certified as being qualified to represent death penalty cases.

Meanwhile, back at the jail, Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas all coughed up blame on each other after their arrests, and Davidson provided the name of  a fourth man, Eric Boyd.  It was Boyd, they said, who had taken Christopher’s dead body away.  Boyd was the worst one of all, they all declared.  Boyd was soon picked up, as well.

To make a long and potentially confusing legal story short, there are federal and state crimes cited in this matter.  Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas each face 46 charges from the Knox County Grand Jury of premeditated murder, kidnapping, rape, robbery and theft.  Vanessa Coleman also faces 40 charges from Knox County of premeditated murder, kidnapping, rape, robbery and theft.  There are also weapons charges involved, since Davidson and Cobbins were felons.

As you will see if you view the indictment linked below and review these statutes, these charges are vague and wide and, as such, will give a jury a great deal of room with which to convict these monsters.

Federal carjacking charges were also filed against Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas, although those charges were withdrawn.  In my opinion, the reason for this is so that the state may go forward on their case and, in the event the jury fails to serve sound judgement or deliver significant sentences, the feds can then reinstate their charges under a separate trial.  And the fed charges carry very hefty mandatory sentences.

Eric Boyd, a convicted serial robber and fellow felon, was No Billed by Knox County on all the counts levied against his thug pals, but has been indicted by the Federal Grand Jury as an accessory after the fact.  This thug was contacted by Davidson during the wee hours of Monday morning, who described to Boyd the carjacking, tortures and murders at his house.  Boyd helped Davidson to escape the area later that evening.  Boyd let Davidson make a myriad of phone calls from his own cell phone and helped him break into the vacant house on Reynolds Street in the Mechanicsville neighborhood, where police later apprehended Davidson and the .22 pistol he was carrying.

The level of complete depravity of these five is horrific in itself and, at very least of the issues involved, is that this case provides a clear snapshot of the level to which our society has plunged.

Monsters walk among us.

A hearing on various pretrial motions in the cases of Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas and Coleman is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, May 17 in Knoxville.

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 First and foremost, I entreat you to watch a loving and amazing benediction created by a friend of Channon Christian at YouTube.  See For Channon Christian. This is the original video posted to YouTube on January 9th by FarragutAlumni. Channon was a Farragut High grad.

For more information, and the most astounding amount of police records made public in my memory, see the following links:  Read the state’s Indictment against Davidson, Cobbins, Thomas and Coleman.

Here are the police Search Warrants and Seized Evidence List. 

From the Knoxville News Sentinel comes This informative article. Be certain to check the right margins where a ton of information waits, including the Federal complaints filed by BATF and US Marshal agents against Davidson, Cobbins, Boyd and Thomas.

From Tightrope comes This article detailing the charges and possible sentences. 

From Mark Alexander comes this compelling article regarding race issues in Murder in Black and White. I cannot possible agree more with Mr. Alexander’s assertion, “This appalling attack is more than a case study in sociopathic evil. It is also a case study in journalistic malpractice.”  And I wholly embrace the entirety of his posting, as well.

This from Newsbusters on The National Media’s Refusal to Cover White Couple’s Murder Suggests PC at Work. 

From Wake Up America comes this heartfelt and poignant account in A Call to Justice.  (You will need to scroll down to find the article that is the second one on this page.)

And for those who, like me, find this gruesome account wholly inconceivable, Snopes has their own verification of the facts in their reporting of Newsom/Christian Murders.

UPDATE:   5:00 p.m.  Large-scale word is now getting out.  Michelle Malkin speaks about this murder and the media’s reprehensible ignorance of the story in this week’s VENT segment. Click on the video screen twice to begin.

UPDATE:  May 18th at 11:30 a.m.  Fox News’ Bill Hemmer aired a report on the murders on his BYA (Because You Asked) segment this morning.  While it was a cleaned-up account, it nevertheless hit the topics of possible reverse racial bias and questioned the nature of the murders as a hate crime.  In a carefully worded sentence, he also eluded to the torture these young people endured.  HotAir has a link to the Fox story Here.   I have no doubt the “You” in BYA was primarily Michelle Malkin, in addition to the likely hundreds of emails they’ve been receiving lately.

UPDATE:  May 19th at 9:45 a.m.  More charges have been added to the list for Lamaricus Davidson.  It seems that killing Channon and Christopher wasn’t enough to sate the evil needs of this thug.  On the day Christopher’s body was discovered, Davidson robbed a local Pizza Hut at gunpoint and tried to steal a woman’s purse.  Six new charges of aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon (by a felon) will not be tried with the murder case that is set to begin next year.  See WVLT’s coverage of these new charges Here.

Brief Update on Christopher Barrios Case

There are quite a few Brunswick, Georgia residents – some of whom helped to search for young Christopher Barrios, Jr. – who are insanely furious with the Edenfield Three and their pal for Christopher’s torture and murder.

 

“Insanely” is no understatement.  They are determined to burn down the Edenfield’s mobile home, despite police and Barrios family pleas that they leave the trailer alone.

 

Instead of burning the trailer, which will accomplish no good whatsoever to this situation, I have another suggestion:

 

Volunteer to actively help and/or donate any amount to some really good causes…like:

 

In the aftermath of Christopher’s murder, an ever group of Brunswick citizens have formed the Justice for Christopher Foundation.  They are demanding tougher laws on sex offenders and predators, as well as screaming for justice for Christopher, justice for his family left behind, and doing everything they can to prevent another child from becoming a statistic at the hands of another monster.  “We change the laws, or we change the politicians” is one of their mottos.

 

The foundation’s creators worked closely with the Barrios family, as well as Mark Lundsford (father of Jessica Lundsford and spearhead of Jessica’s Law across our land) to establish the foundation and they’re off to a remarkable start.  They won’t stop until Georgia passes their own Jessica’s Law and then plan to go nationwide to insist the same in other states with their heads in the sand.  Donations to their cause can be made through the Suntrust Bank of Brunswick, Acct. #1000048852254.  The bank’s phone number is (912) 265-5242.

 

Please allow me to offer a word of caution:  I do not know the corporate filing status of this foundation and, therefore, if they are a non-profit.  But Suntrust Bank will know.   I have read they are trying to get a website up, but have found no evidence of that yet.

 

Another opportunity to help is to donate to a fund begun to help relocate Christopher’s father and grandmother AWAY from this mobile park where Christopher was killed.  This is the same group that spearheaded donations to defray the cost of the child’s funeral and burial.  Donations to the Christopher Barrios Fund can be made locally at any Brunswick Bank of America.  The number to their main office in downtown Brunswick is (912) 267-4901. Again, I do not know how this fund was established, so a call to the bank would provide immediate answers as to their non-profit status.

 

George Edenfield, his lovely parents David and Peggy are scheduled to be arraigned at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13th, in  Glynn County.  Donald Dale has already entered a plea of Not Guilty to concealing a death and tampering with evidence.

 

Dale’s plea doesn’t surprise me.  It’s standard.  I look forward to hearing what pleas the Edenfield trio enter, since all have registered confessions with police regarding their actions in Christopher’s death.  Since they have a death penalty hanging over their heads, I’m betting they’ll plea Not Guilty, too.

 

Two predictions are guaranteed:  the courtroom will be absolutely packed at the arraignment; and this trial will take as long as John Evander Couey’s did to get to court, then to get out.

 

More to come.