Man connected to Christian-Newsom murders appears in court

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Eric Boyd, 46, faces charges in connection to the brutal murders of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23.

Boyd appeared in court Thursday ahead of his trial, which is scheduled to begin in August. Boyd's attorney moved to suppress vehicle evidence in an attempt to deny Boyd's presence. The motion, however, was not granted.

The defense also had the opportunity to bring Boyd to the stand, but declined.

The next hearing is scheduled for June 27.

Court records show that Boyd, along with Lemarcus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman, carjacked, raped, tortured and killed the young couple in 2007.

Davidson is on death row for his role in the crime. Cobbins is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole plus 100 years. Thomas was sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus 25 years. Coleman is serving 35 years in jail.

Boyd is the last of those implicated in the crime to be sentenced. The attorneys on his case requested his trial be delayed, and the judge on the case agreed. Boyd was charged and indicted on charges of first degree felony murder, first degree premeditated murder, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape.