Police arrest two men during Knoxville rally over slain couple

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two men were arrested and charged on Saturday with carrying a gun and possessing marijuana at a racially charged protest over the murder of a Knoxville couple.

Michael David Hahn, 49, of Corryton, was charged with carrying a gun with intent to go armed, said Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

A Tennessee Highway patrol trooper spotted him getting out of his vehicle with a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, DeBusk said. Timothy Tierney, 48, of Cincinnati, was charged with possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.

Police say the two were the only ones arrested during the event that attracted about 100 people who gathered downtown for a protest "in honor of" Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, the Knox County couple police say were raped and killed in a January carjacking.

Close to 300 police officers, deputies, state troopers and federal agents stood guard during the protest, which began around 1 p.m. and lasted two hours, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

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