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Man Pleads Not Guilty In 1996 Tanning Salon Murders

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 09:37:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The man accused of killing two teenage girls inside a tanning salon nearly 20 years ago has pleaded not guilty to their murder. 

Patrick Streater appeared in court Wednesday morning where he was arraigned on two counts of murder in the deaths of Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Chilton. 

According to police, the 39-year-old allegedly stabbed both women to death at the Exotic Tan for Men on Church Street in 1996. 

Inside a Nashville courtroom, Streater pleaded not guilty. 

Streater, who was Campbell's boyfriend, was not indicted for the crimes until years later in February of 2013. He was serving a sentence in a California prison for the last two years.

He was booked into the Davidson County Jail on first degree murder charges in late August.

While it has taken nearly two decades for the legal process to begin, Gail Chilton said she is ready to face her daughter's alleged killer.

"He'll see my reaction in my eyes. I’m not afraid. I can look into the face of evil, and I'm not afraid. He should be," she told NewsChannel 5 when Streater was brought back to Nashville.

A discussion hearing was set for October 8.  

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