published Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Hearing set for man accused in hotel murder

A Hamilton County Sessions Court judge has set a hearing date for a 29-year-old man accused of murder.

Brandon Eugene Russell will have a preliminary hearing on March 15. Court-appointed defense attorney Kevin Loper will represent Russell in the upcoming hearing.

Chattanooga police arrested Russell on Jan. 9, three days after a cleaning lady found the beaten body of Meco Siler in her room at a local extended stay motel.

More in tomorrow's edition of the Times Free Press.

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about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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