Witness: KY Man Sat Silently in Chair

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman who was in the house where a young Knoxville couple was taken after being carjacked has testified defendant George Thomas did not take part in the crime.

Daphne Sutton testified Tuesday at the retrial of Thomas in the 2007 killing of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Sutton — the girlfriend of Lemaricus Davidson, who was earlier convicted in the slayings — testified Thomas sat in a chair and never spoke when she went to the house the day after the couple was kidnapped.

Defense attorney Tom Dillard told the jury Thomas, of Lebanon, Ky., "kept his head low, smoked his dope and stayed detached" in order to survive.

Thomas would face a maximum of life without parole if he is again convicted.

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