Sheriff Talks About Possible Evidence That Led To Arrest In Exotic Tan Cold Case
by Nick Beres
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Detectives still aren't talking about the evidence that led to the arrest of Patrick Streater in the 17-year-old "Exotic Tan" cold case murders, but they said they have a strong case.
"I think at this point we have said all we can, but we are confident we have a good case," said Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson.
Streater is accused in the stabbing deaths of 18-year-olds Melissa Chilton and Tiffany Campbell at the Exotic Tan adult business in Nashville back in 1996. Some have been wondering if DNA evidence provided the key link for the arrest.
"We're not going to talk about any evidence at this point," said District Attorney Torry Johnson.
Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said on MorningLine on NewsChannel 5+ Monday that he believes there is much more to this than just DNA evidence. Hall said Streater dated Campbell and that he was immediately a suspect. If there had been strong DNA evidence he believes they could have linked it to Streater long before he was finally charged last week.
Hall will be housing Streater in the Davidson County jail when he returns from California to stand trial. He said he has not seen any evidence in the case file. But Hall does have a theory on the arrest: Considering Streater's been in a California prison since 2002, Hall thinks Streater talked and a fellow inmate could have turned on him.
"I could see that happening where an inmate says his cellmate says he killed two young girls in Nashville 15 or 20 years ago and he went into some detail," said Hall.
If the inmate had enough detail about the crime -- that only could have come from Streater, Hall said that could be enough to get detectives involved.
"They'd come out and interview the inmate to see if he's credible," said Hall who believes a jailhouse informant could have helped lead to an arrest.
Streater has two years remaining on a sentence in California before he will return to face the double murder charges.