Suspect in 1996 tanning salon murders pleads not guilty - WSMV News 4

Suspect in 1996 tanning salon murders pleads not guilty

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Patrick Streater (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) Patrick Streater (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)

The man accused of killing two high school girls more than 19 years ago inside a tanning bed salon appeared in court on Wednesday.

Patrick Streater pleaded not guilty to allegations that he stabbed and killed Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Chilton inside the Church Street business in 1996.

Streater was indicted for their murders two years ago while serving time for multiple home invasions in California.

The mothers of both victims were in court to see their daughters’ accused killer for the first time.

Streater’s mother, Patrycia Streater-McFadden, was also in court.

“When he was first indicted, he told me he broke down and started crying,” she said.

Streater-McFadden spoke to Channel 4 for the first time since the investigation began 19 years ago. She said she has supported her son since his jail time in California.

“I know he’s innocent,” Streater-McFadden said. “There’s a lot of unanswered questions that have to come out. And we just want to see justice done.”

Streater’s mother said he dated one of the victims at one point, but he was engaged to another woman at the time of the murders.

“He just wants to get it over with,” Streater-McFadden said. “He just wants his voice to be heard. And I just really feel like he’s been convicted in the media, in the public before it’s even come to trial.”

The victims’ mothers did not speak on camera Wednesday, but said they are glad the case is moving forward.

Streater remains jailed on a $750,000 bond. He is scheduled for another hearing on Oct. 8.

A judge assigned Streater a new attorney during Wednesday’s hearing. 

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