Prime Suspect In Notorious Nashville Cold Case Released From Jail

Posted at 5:57 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 20:04:45-05

Patrick Streater, the prime suspect of one of Nashville's most notorious unsolved double murder cases, has been released from jail.

He made bond amid growing questions about the case against him and he spoke exclusively with Newschannel 5.

Streater made his $25,0000 bond and his first stop was at the criminal courthouse in downtown Nashville to be outfitted with an electronic monitoring device. That's where NewsChannel 5 asked him some questions.

"I'm just thankful to everything - the way things have played out. Just thankful to be out. Thankful," he said.

"Was it hard to be incarcerated this long under those circumstances," NewsChannel 5 asked.

"Extremely hard. Extremely difficult," Streater responded.

Streater has spent the past four years awaiting trial as the prime suspect in one of Nashville most notorious cold cases - a vicious stabbing murder of two 18-year-olds Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Chilton at the exotic tanning parlor on Church Street in 1996.

Seventeen years later, investigators determined, among other evidence, that DNA linked Streater to the crime.

"Did you kill those women," NewsChannel 5 asked.

"Absolutely not. God is good. God is good," he said. 

The DNA? Is there DNA," NewsChannel 5 asked.

Streater responded with, "I can't talk. I can't."

The DNA evidence against Streater is actually far from a perfect match.

DNA is a key part of prosecutors case, but Streater's attorney said, "The DNA evidence just keeps falling apart. They can't say he is included in the DNA pool anymore."

The trial was set for January, but prosecutors this week were granted a delay of the trial to do more testing.

At the same time the judge also lowered Streater's bond from $750,000, which is expected for a double murder suspect, to $25,000

His family could make that amount, getting him home for the holidays.

"What are you going to do while you're out," Newschannel 5 asked.

"Just enjoy my family. Just enjoy being with my family," said Streater.

Streater will remain free until trial provided he follow the guidelines which include staying away from anyone else associated with the case. A new trial date has not yet been set.