(WBIR-Knoxville) A judge has denied a new trial for a defendant in the Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders Tuesday morning.
George Thomas was sentenced in early June of this year to two consecutive life sentences plus 25 years for the kidnapping, robbery, rape, and murder of the Knox County couple.
During the original trial in 2009, Thomas was sentenced to life without parole. Thomas was retried after original judge, Richard Baumgartner, could not properly serve as the 13th juror.
The Detroit native was not in court Tuesday morning.
With parole and good behavior involved, Thomas will still have to serve 123 years and 3 months before he would be eligible for release.
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