Man accused of killing counselor appears in court; blood-stained pants found in suspect's residence

Posted at 5:44 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 18:44:18-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Court testimony revealed new details in the deadly stabbing of Madison counselor, Melissa Hamilton.

The man accused of killing her, Brian Conley, appeared in court Wednesday. Conley was named the suspect in the case after he was spotted on camera near the Crossroads Counseling center, where Hamilton's body was found.

Hamilton's husband called police when he woke up to find she never returned home from an evening counseling session. She was found "brutally" stabbed inside the center.

Surveillance video shows a man believed to be Conley crossing the street and entering the counseling center at 7:38 p.m. - after Hamilton's group session ended.

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Investigators say a pair of bloody jeans were found in the room Conley rents. Testimony also revealed that he told conflicting stories to acquaintances after police say he injured his hand in the attack.

"I asked him what happened. "He gave me a story about riding his bicycle home, going around a curve. I don't remember the name of the road. But he said a car swerved towards him so he jumped off his bicycle and in that somehow cut his hand on his knife trying to cut something away that had been stuck in his bike so he could escape the vehicle," said Christopher Gist.

Crime scene photos showed that she was not clothed and her bra had been "cut off." A knife and prints were found at the scene. Further testing is being done to identify the prints and determine if Hamilton was raped.