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August 20, 2009

Of Local Interest Only

Posted by Dave Blount at August 20, 2009 9:01 AM

Here's a horrific crime you won't be hearing much about on the national news:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — The defense for accused killer Letalvis Cobbins said he cried like a little girl when he was interviewed by officers investigating the brutal murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in January 2007.
Cobbins is the first of four suspects charged with the carjacking, kidnapping, rape and killing of the young couple. …
The defense doesn't deny Cobbins had a role in these crimes — they just say he doesn't deserve to die for what he did.

Apparently he doesn't deserve much but local media coverage either. That's because Cobbins and his colleagues are welfare-class blacks; their victims were taxpaying whites.

Only a handful of national reports have appeared on the story, like this one at Fox News:

They were bound, blindfolded and brought to [Lemaricus "Slim"] Davidson's rundown rental home in an industrial inner-city neighborhood less than six miles and a world away.
According to defendants' statements, Newsom wasn't there long before he was taken away, sexually assaulted, shot in the back of the head, set on fire and left beside some railroad tracks a few blocks away.
Over the next 24 hours, Channon was raped in every conceivable way, bleach was sprayed in her mouth to destroy evidence and, Coleman told investigators, Davidson "snapped" her neck. Medical Examiner Darinka Mileusnic-Pochan testified at [Eric "E" ] Boyd's trial, however, that the young woman died of suffocation after she was wrapped in plastic bags and dumped in a closed trash can.

Imagine the national media frenzy if the races were reversed. It would be even bigger than the Duke lacrosse rape, with the added benefit that this really happened.

The victims' skin color kills the story.

Letalvis Cobbins, no doubt misunderstood.

On a tip from Janet M.