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Sunday, January 7, 2018

IN LOVING MEMORY OF CHANNON CHRISTIAN AND CHRISTOPHER NEWSOM (JANUARY 7, 2007)



            Every year on January 7, Unit 1012 will always remember Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee who were murdered on January 7, 2007. We will post the information from Wikipedia and other links.

Murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom
 

Location
Date
January 6, 2007
Attack type
Weapons
Deaths
2
Perpetrators
Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus D. Davidson, George Thomas, Eric Boyd, Vanessa Coleman
Participant
5


Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, were from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were kidnapped the evening of January 6, 2007 when Christian's vehicle was carjacked, and taken to a rental house, where both of them were raped, tortured, and murdered. Five people were arrested and charged in the case. The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on counts of capital murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape, and theft, while a fifth was indicted on federal charges of carjacking.
Of the four charged at the state level, three (Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson, and George Thomas) had multiple prior felony convictions. After a jury trial, Davidson was convicted and sentenced to death by lethal injection. Cobbins and Thomas were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Vanessa Coleman was convicted and sentenced to 53 years in prison for facilitating the crimes, and Eric Dewayne Boyd was convicted and sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for being an accessory after the fact to carjacking.
The state convictions were all initially set aside because of misconduct by the presiding judge, who has since been disbarred. Retrials were originally slated for the summer and fall of 2012. The orders for retrials of Davidson and Cobbins were subsequently overturned by the Tennessee State Supreme Court, and their convictions and sentences stand. The Coleman and Thomas retrials resulted in convictions, but with reduced sentences. Coleman's sentence was reduced to 35 years, and Thomas' sentence was reduced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Please go these Blog Posts to learn more:

1. The Case:


2. ‘Liberal Lies About the Death Penalty’ by Ashley Herzog

3. UNIT 1012 WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER CHANNON CHRISTIAN AND CHRISTOPHER NEWSOM (DIED: JANUARY 7, 2007)

4. IN LOVING MEMORY OF CHANNON CHRISTIAN AND CHRISTOPHER NEWSOM (7TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MURDERS) [DIED ON JANUARY 7, 2007]

5. Pro Death Penalty Quote by Hugh Newsom

6. FOREVER CHANGED

7. REMEMBERING CHANNON CHRISTIAN AND CHRISTOPHER NEWSOM 10 YEARS LATER

Friday, January 5, 2018

Death penalty bill: The end justifies the means



Death penalty bill: The end justifies the means
Op-ed: Michal Salomon, who lost her husband, father-in-law and sister-in-law in the Halamish terror attack says her quest for death penalty for terrorists isn't driven by revenge but by the need to prevent the next murder.

Michal Salomon|Published: 01.05.18 , 23:44

 
 (L-R) Yosef, Elad and Chaya Salomon who were stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in the Halamish settlement on July 21, 2017. (Courtesy)

Five and a half months have passed since we joined the bereavement family. It's not a long time, but it seems like forever.

During this time, I have gotten to know people and met families who were just like me not so long ago—whole and happy families, until fate took over.

Today, after personally experiencing terror, I think and believe the death penalty is the proper response to a terrorist who took someone's life. A man who got up in the morning and turned into a murderer won't go back to being a human being.

I am here in the name of the people and families who don’t know they're about to join the bereavement family. The quest for a death penalty isn't driven by revenge, but by the need to prevent the next murder. After all, no punishment will return our loved ones.

We have been waging a daily war on terror, on despicable people who sanctify death for the sake of respect and money, for a long time now. In this war, we must use every single tool at our disposal. The end justifies the means.

After the shocking murder of Yossi, Chaya and Elad, may God avenge their blood, I was certain the earth would move and something would change. I was certain anything would be done to prevent the next murder. Unfortunately, we weren't the last ones.

We must do everything in our power to restore deterrence. In addition to the death penalty bill which passed its preliminary reading at the Knesset on Wednesday, it's time to completely destroy terrorists' homes and revoke their citizenship. Every means of deterrence preserves the sanctity of life. By harming our means of deterrence, we are forfeiting human life. 

Michal Salomon lost her husband Elad, her father-in-law Yossi and her sister-in-law Chaya in the Halamish terror attack.

 
A woman holds up a sign with ‘Too many terrorists in prison’ written on one side and ‘Kill them all’ written on the other during a rally in Tel Aviv on April 19, 2016 to support Elor Azaria. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP)
[PHOTO SOURCE: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/08/israelis-palestinian-attackers/]