Kentucky Woman Found Guilty Again After 2nd Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Kentucky woman found guilty in a second torture-slaying trial, will likely have a lighter sentence than the one she received after her first conviction.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a jury on Tuesday convicted Vanessa Coleman of facilitation in the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Channon Christian, but found her guilty of lesser charges in connection with the kidnapping and repeated rapes of Christian.

That means Coleman of Lebanon, Kentucky, faces less time than the 53 years in prison she was given after her first trial in 2010.

In that trial, Coleman was acquitted of any crimes committed against Christian's boyfriend, 23-year-old Christopher Newsom, who was also killed.

A retrial was ordered for Coleman and three other defendants, after the trial judge in Knoxville acknowledged drug use during her trial.


WBKO.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 180457211 - wbko.com/a?a=180457211
Gray Television, Inc.