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Judge suggests date for Vanessa Coleman sentencing

3:24 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
Vanessa Coleman on Day 3 of her retrial.
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A Knox County judge is waiting to hear from attorneys before scheduling a sentencing date in the first Christian-Newsom retrial.

Special Judge Jon Kerry Blacktop suggested the afternoon of February 1, for sentencing Vanessa Coleman.

Last week, a jury found Coleman guilty of facilitating Channon Christian's rape and murder.

Coleman was retried because the judge in her original case admitted to drug use while on the bench.

Three other defendants are waiting to find out if a different special judge will grant them new trials in the case.

Christian and her boyfriend, Chris Newsom, were carjacked, raped, and murdered in January 2007.

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