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Accused Murderer Had Star Potential In High School

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by Mark Bellinger           

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  How does a star athlete with a lot of promise turn into a violent accused killer?  The man Metro Police say murdered two girls 17 years ago, played football and ran track at McGavock High School. 

Patrick Streater's high school football coach Charlie Bozman says Streater could have played in college.    "That kid was unbelievably talented," said Bozman.  In fact, he called Streater a world class athlete, but along the way something went wrong.

Bozman says Streater was recruited by both Middle and East Tennessee State Universities, but never played.  "Just no direction.  No self-discipline, quite frankly, to do something like that," said Bozman.

Streater graduated from high school in 1994.  A former Metro Police detective says he enlisted in the Air Force and ended up in California.

Streater is now accused of stabbing Melissa Chilton and Tiffany Campbell to death at Exotic Tan, an adult business.  The murders happened in 1996, just two years after he graduated from McGavock.

He would go on to become a football coach at Jesuit High School in a suburb of Sacramento, California.  That's where he was working when he was arrested in 2002 in a string of violent home invasions.  Some of the victims were elderly women.  In August of that same year, he was sentenced for armed robbery.  He has been in a California prison ever since, and he has two years left to serve.

Coach Bozman says he did have to discipline Streater once for stealing.  He says the incident was not violent, and Streater paid the penalty.  Bozman says that was the only problem he ever had with Streater. 

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