After brutal murder of young couple, is justice possible?

Published: Apr. 4, 2018 at 5:38 PM EDT
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The families of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom said Wednesday they look forward to gaining justice for their children's murders after news broke of new charges against a man formerly believed to be only an accomplice in the case.

Four people, including one who was sentenced to death row, have been convicted in the 2007 murders of Christian and Newsom.

On Wednesday,

on 36 counts in the case, including first degree murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery.

Chris Newsom's mother told Local 8 News reporter David Ball that she's been waiting more than a decade for these charges to be filed. On Tuesday, Boyd was extradited from Mississippi and booked into the Knox County jail. Officials said he would be due in court Thursday morning.

The victims' families in the case told Local 8 News they view another trial as an opportunity for justice. Both families said they were ready to see another conviction in the case.

"It's never been a doubt in our mind that Eric Boyd was at the carjacking and one of the ones that got in the 4Runner and forced Channon and Chris into it. We knew he was guilty," Gary Christian, Channon Christian's father, said Wednesday.

Chris Newsom's parents said they were pleased by the prospect of gaining justice for another person involved in the murder of their son.

"I just couldn't be happier about it," Mary Newsom, Chris's mother, said. "We've been waiting for this for almost 12 years now, and been fighting the justice system to get this done and couldn't be happier."

Gary Christian said he has found peace with God, and while he is ready for another trial, he's not ready to see the horrific evidence pictures again.

"I just now got to a point in my life where I actually think about and talk about the times I had with my daughter that were good memories and visualizing her the way she was," he said.

While both families said a guilty verdict would bring some closure for them, Gary Christian said even that may not be enough to mend his pain.

"I don't think we are ever going to get true justice on this earth," he said.