Woman to face parole board in torture-slaying

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Kentucky woman who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her facilitation role in the 2007 torture-slaying of a Knoxville, Tennessee, woman will face a parole board next week.

WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1CC8zaa) reports Vanessa Coleman’s first parole hearing will be held in Nashville on Dec. 10.

Coleman, of Lebanon, Kentucky, was convicted during a second trial of helping three men in the attack that killed 21-year-old Channon Christian, who investigators said was kidnapped, raped, tortured and left to die. She was sentenced in February 2013.

Coleman was tried a second time after the trial judge acknowledged drug use during original proceedings. In her first trial, she was acquitted of any crimes against Christian’s boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, who was raped and shot and his body set on fire.