Police say illegal immigrant Andres Hernandez Cabrera kidnapped 19-month old Nery Macario Diaz.
November 30, 2007
November 26, 2007
In the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom double rape and murder case, defense attorney Philip Lomonaco claims the case has been heavily publicized and that there is a news feeding frenzy, preventing suspect Eric Boyd from receiving a fair trial.
Lomonaco is especially critical of blogs, claiming they are spreading lies because some reported that the victim’s bodies had been sexually mutilated. Channon and Christopher were carjacked, raped and murdered. Cleaning fluid was poured down Channon Christian’s throat and she was dumped in the garbage. Christopher Newsom was set on fire. However Lomonaco may be right. There is no reliable evidence suggesting sexual mutilation.
In January, Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian were on a date when they were carjacked and kidnapped. Christopher was murdered and his body burned soon after the carjacking. Christian was kept alive longer and was repeatedly raped. Cleaning fluid had been poured into her mouth to hide DNA evidence before she was murdered and thrown in the garbage.
Suspects Eric Boyd, George Thomas, Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins and Vanessa Coleman:
Victims Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom:
None of the suspects have been charged with a hate crime because there is apparently no evidence that the suspects engaged in name calling while they were allegedly raping and murdering the young couple. The major news outlets continue to ignore the story.
November 12, 2007
Suspected illegal immigrant Avenamar Perez is accused of driving without a license and ramming into the back of Lt. Greg Quinn’s motorcycle, injuring the officer, then fleeing the scene. Perez was able to leave jail within hours by paying a $100 bond, then failed to show at his court appearance. Police arrested him again and his bond is now set at $1500.
October 22, 2007
Illegal immigrant Francisco Morales Angeles and Jose Sanchez are accused of kidnapping a man and torturing him for nine days in order to extort money from him.
October 9, 2007
Suspected illegal immigrant Lorenzo Hernandez Santiz is accused of killing his passenger in a wreck. Police say Santiz was speeding and driving drunk. Santiz has been arrested at least 3 times the past year.
August 29, 2007
Eric Dewayne “E” Boyd, one of the suspects in the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom rape and murder, is facing more potential prison time after being accused of assisting alleged murderer Lemaricus Devall “Slim” Davidson after the crime.
August 26, 2007
Police arrested illegal immigrant Raul Tovar after he was caught allegedly masturbating under a pedestrian bridge. He has been charged with indecent exposure.
July 6, 2007
Police say illegal immigrant Juan Villa raped a 15-year-old girl just hours after being released from prison. A 13-year-old girl says she also was sexually assaulted. Villa has been in prison 11 times since 2001. Police and immigration authorities are still searching for him.
June 19, 2007
Illegal immigrant Victor Javier Benitez is accused of killing Tennessee State University track star Joycelyn R. Gardiner in a car wreck while driving drunk. Benitez is in the country illegally despite previous convictions of car burglary, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
June 16, 2007
A rally to protest the rape and murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom will take place at the Knoxville Courthouse today. Organizers say the suspects in the case should be charged with hate crimes.
12:19pm Update: You can hear a live broadcast from the rally here.
6:21pm Update: Approximately 200 people attended the rally to call for hate crime charges against the suspected murderers. Some counter protesters showed up but were far outnumbered.
A larger third rally that will include participants from the first two is planned for September 2nd.