Posted on April 8, 2011

Eric Boyd’s Conviction Stands in Christian-Newsom Torture Slayings Case

Jamie Satterfield, News Sentinel (Knoxville), April 8, 2011

The ongoing effort to bring to justice those involved in one of Knoxville’s most horrific crimes cleared its first appellate hurdle Thursday with a federal appeals court backing the conviction of an accessory in the January 2007 torture slayings.

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday released an opinion giving the appellate court’s stamp of approval to the 2008 conviction of Eric Boyd of being an accessory to a fatal carjacking and concealing a crime from law enforcers.

It is the first appellate test in the prosecution of the carjacking, kidnapping, rape and murder of Channon Christian, 21, and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, 23.


The murder cases have not yet reached a state appellate court.