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Stop the Release of Vanessa Coleman

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Having born witness — by her own account — to the death of a University of Tennessee senior kidnapped by strangers, Vanessa Coleman posed a question in her journal. "How interesting is your life?" she wrote. "I bet it won't compare to mine cuz (sic) I love my life." Coleman's journal, penned just days after Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, were kidnapped, raped, beaten and slain in January 2007, is key evidence for prosecutors Leland Price and TaKisha Fitzgerald as they try to prove Coleman guilty of facilitating the crimes against Christian. Coleman is standing trial — for the second time — in Knox County Criminal Court on 17 counts of facilitation of kidnapping, rape and murder in connection with the crimes committed against Christian. She was convicted of those counts in May 2010 but acquitted of any role in the crimes committed against Newsom. She received a new trial after a pill scandal involving the judge who presided over that trial but double jeopardy provisions of the law prevent her from being retried in Newsom's death. Coleman contends she was an 18-year-old girl suddenly confronted with a horrific scenario in which her boyfriend, Letalvis Cobbins, his brother, Lemaricus Davidson, and Cobbins' pal, George Thomas, kidnapped the young couple and threatened her life if she sought to intervene. Cobbins, Thomas and Coleman all lived in Kentucky but were visiting Davidson on the weekend of the slayings. Price and Fitzgerald on Friday presented her journal to jurors in hopes of disavowing them of the notion Coleman was a frightened bystander. In the journal, Coleman describes staying with a "crackhead who was cool as hell" after fleeing the Chipman Street house. "We had a crackhead bring us back (to Kentucky)," she wrote. "The whole way back she was complaining because she didn't have any drugs. She was driving kind of crazy but it was str8 (sic) tho (sic)." In another entry, Coleman wrote of the need for people to "wake up" and know "what's really going on," adding that she now does. "I love the fun adventures and lessons that I've learned," she wrote. "It's going to be a long, interesting year." She also wrote, "I've had one helluva adventure since I've been in the big TN." Coleman's defense attorney, Ted Lavit, contends Coleman wrote those flippant remarks in an effort to fool Cobbins into believing she was not upset about the horrific crimes. Lavit has told jurors that Cobbins attacked Coleman when she tried to leave the Chipman Street house and Davidson threatened to kill her when she threatened to call for help. War of Words: Lavit is hanging his client's legal hat on the fact that no one, save Coleman, knows what she did or did not do inside the Chipman Street house while Christian was being held captive. He drove that point home to jurors last week when he repeatedly asked various investigators in the case if they had "personal knowledge" of whether Coleman guarded Christian, beat her, sexually assaulted her or stuffed her inside a trash can to die from suffocation. U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent Bernie Waggoner tried to rebuff Lavit on the issue of whether Coleman guarded Christian — in effect, facilitating kidnapping. "She told me she looked in on her several times," Waggoner said. "She gave her water. She checked her pulse. She was there when Davidson killed (Christian)." Knoxville Police Department Investigator Todd Childress also pushed back, noting Coleman ultimately admitted she had been left alone with Christian when the trio of alleged killers left the Chipman Street house to kill Newsom. Lavit countered by pointing out Childress drew that admission from Coleman by telling her whatever she said would "help you, can't hurt you" even though Childress knew Coleman was about to be arrested. Coleman initially was treated as a witness in the case and even placed in protective custody when media reports of her presence in the house surfaced. She wound up indicted, however, after she admitted — nine interviews later — that she checked Christian's pulse at Davidson's direction and watched him hog-tie Christian just before she was stuffed inside the trash can. Our streets and children will never be safe if this swine is released. Please help us make sure that never happens

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