I discovered this news on the Lexington, Ky DA's website and thought you might want to know about it:
Ta Kisha Fitzgerald and Leland Price were honored by the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) in a ceremony at it’s annual conference in California.
The “Home Run Hitter’s Club” recognizes exemplary effort by America’s prosecutors in the search of justice in some of the nation’s most horrendous crimes.
Both Ms. Fitzgerald and Mr. Price were inducted into NDAA’s “Home Run Hitter’s Club” for their exemplary prosecution of four defendants who committed a horrendous case involving the murder and rape of two University of Tennessee students.
THE FACTS OF THE CASE:
In Knoxville, Tennessee, on January 6, 2007, Channon Christian, age 21, and Chris Newsom, age 23, while on a date, were carjacked at gunpoint by three men. Blindfolded and bound, they were taken to a nearby house where a woman was waiting. Soon after, Chris, still bound, was led to secluded railroad tracks nearby, where he was anally raped, shot execution style in the back of the head, and his body doused with gasoline and burned. Channon, held captive at the house for 24 hours, was raped repeatedly and brutally beaten and kicked. At the end of the ordeal, she was hog tied and stuffed into a trash can, causing death by suffocation. The perpetrators then fled.
By the end of May, 2010, the ringleader, Lemaricus Davidson, was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and given four sentences of death. George Thomas was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and given four sentences of life without parole. Davidson’s half brother Letavis Cobbins was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and given two sentences of life without parole. These three men were also each convicted of numerous counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery. Davidson’s girlfriend Vanessa Coleman was convicted of facilitation of murder and most of the other related crimes and faces a sentence of up to 77 years.
An outstanding job done by two bright and articulate young prosecutors in District Attorney Randy Nichol’s office. Congratulations on a job well done.