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Suspect Accused In 1996 Murders Returned To Nashville

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Aug 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:34:41-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The suspect accused of murdering two 18-year-old women at a tanning salon in 1996 has now been returned to Nashville to answer for the crimes.

Patrick Lamonte Streater, age 39, was booked into the Davidson County Jail late Wednesday night on first degree murder charges.

He has been accused of stabbing and killing Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Chilton at the Exotic Tan for Men on Church Street 19 years ago.

For the mother of one of the victims, relief can now set in.

"He's in Tennessee," Gail Chilton said. "He's here where he belongs, and where he is going to stay."

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.

While it has taken nearly two decades for the legal process to begin, 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," the mother said.

Chilton said she is now drawing her strength from the victim at the center of the Vanderbilt rape case. The trial, she said, will be difficult as she relives her daughter's final moments.

Despite the years of difficulty, authorities said the mothers of both victims never lost strength.

"Gail Chilton and Deborah Edmonds were informed this week that Streater was being returned. As I noted in 2013, these strong women never lost hope with this investigation," Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said in a release.

Streater will be arraigned on the two murder charges on September 9.