The white girl in this story is Daphne Sutton (pictured with child). The black boy is Lemaricus Davidson. The murdered white couple was Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.
WBIR.com in Knoxville has just released details of the conversations Daphne Sutton had with Knoxville Police shortly after the murders. Sutton revealed to police that she had only known Davidson for two weeks when she moved in with him at 2316 Chipman Street. She said she had never dated a black man before, and her mind was clouded by drugs:
"I've been living with my parents for like a year and a half, and I really can't stand it. You know how it is, living with your parents. So I met him, and he was getting this house and asked me to move in with him, and I guess just the first person to take care of me I jumped into. I don't even date black guys, my kids are white, so I don't know what the hell I was thinking. I really don't. Maybe, I don't know, the drugs, the weed."
Davidson regularly beat Sutton, and eventually she left him and moved out. The very next night, Davidson and some of his black friends carjacked a white couple that was out on a date. Letalvis Cobbins, Davidson's brother, testified that Christian and Newsom "was uh kissing in the car or whatever" when Davidson carjacked them and drove them back to his Chipman Street home.
There, Newsom was beaten and anally raped, before being shot three times. His body was set on fire and left by some railroad tracks.
Christian was killed only after hours of sexual torture. Knox County Acting Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan has testified that Christian suffered horrific injuries to her vagina, anus and mouth. She was raped in all three orifices and then further sexually violated with a broken chair leg.
Channon was beaten in the head with enough force to cause bruising on her brain. A chemical was poured down her throat, and her body, including her bleeding and battered genital area, was scrubbed with the same solution.
Christian was then "hog-tied," and her face was covered tightly with a plastic trash bag. Davidson stuffed her into a large trash can in the kitchen, and commented that he needed to "take out the trash." Christian died slowly in the trash can, suffocating. A few feet away, her exhausted killers celebrated their long night of rape and murder with a "hearty breakfast of sausage, biscuits, oatmeal and eggs."
During the night, while Channon was still being raped, Davidson called Daphne Sutton and invited her back to his house, telling her he had a gift for her. While Channon Christian was being guarded in the bathroom by Vanessa Coleman (a black woman), Davidson presented his ex-girlfriend with a Sears bag containing Channon's clothing and jewelry.
There's no question these crimes were racially motivated. Davidson was angry his white girlfriend had left him, and when he saw a young white couple kissing he snapped and decided to take his anger out on them. The Knoxville authorities didn't quite see things this way.
Astonishingly, the authorities considered the fact Davidson's white girlfriend had just left him to be a mitigating factor in their decision not to seek hate crimes charges. The District Attorney actually said, "We know from our investigation that the people charged in this case were friends with white people, socialized with white people, dated white people. So not only is there no evidence of any racial animus, there's evidence to the contrary."
Imagine a white male trying to claim he can't be charged with a hate crime because he has socialized with black people in the past. People would just laugh. In fact, a 14-year-old white boy in suburban Chicago was charged with a hate crime last year for using a racial epithet toward his black girlfriend after she broke up with him.