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Man Indicted for 1996 Double Murder of 18-Year-Old Women

2/21/2013

February 21, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seventeen years of investigation into the extremely violent and brutal stabbing deaths of two 18-year-old women on Church Street has now resulted in the indictment of a California prison inmate on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder.

Patrick Lamonte Streater, 37, is formally accused of killing Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Dawn Chilton inside Exotic Tan for Men at 1805 Church Street where the two women worked. They were murdered late morning/early afternoon on February 22, 1996. The manager of the business found the victims just after 2 p.m. after he was unable to reach them by phone. Both women had been stabbed numerous times.

Streater is Campbell’s former boyfriend. Detectives have spoken with him several times over the years, the latest occurring on Wednesday at the California State Prison, Solano. It was on Wednesday that Cold Case Sergeant Pat Postiglione, who has been leading the investigation in recent times, informed Streater that he was under indictment for murder in Nashville.

Investigative work and interviews by Sergeant Postiglione and Detective Danny Satterfield over a number of months, along with scientific evidence, led to the charges against Streater. Specific details are not being publicly discussed and are reserved for court proceedings.

“The indictment against Patrick Streater is the result of countless hours of detective work by Sergeant Postiglione and his team,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “They worked diligently to uncover new pieces of the investigative puzzle, as well as put into place those pieces developed by other officers over the past 17 years. I know that Gail Chilton and Deborah Edmonds, the mothers of the victims, never lost hope. Neither did we.”

The indictment of Streater brings to 55 the number of murder cases that have been cleared by the Cold Case Unit since 2005.

“With the passage of time, these type cases become increasingly difficult for a variety of reasons,” District Attorney General Torry Johnson said. “Nevertheless, the close partnership between our office, Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman in particular, and the Cold Case Unit has proven in the past that we can often overcome obstacles and successfully prosecute crimes from many years ago. I, too, am pleased that Gail Chilton and Deborah Edmonds will have the opportunity to represent their daughters and seek justice on their behalf in Davidson County Criminal Court.”

A formal hold has been placed on Streater with the California Department of Correction, where he is serving a sentence for robbery. The date of his return to Nashville is not yet known.

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 Patrick Lamonte Streater

Patrick Lamonte Streater 

Streater press conference 

Streater press conference