published Friday, January 14th, 2011

Examiner report gives details on homicide

A Hamilton County medical examiner report shows that a 29 year old woman killed earlier this month had 36 stab wounds to her neck and shoulder and a dozen cuts to her hand.

A housekeeper found Meco Siler's body at about 2 p.m. On Jan. 6 in her room at the Country Hearth Suites on 20th Street.

Three days later police arrested Brandon Eugene Russell, 29, on charges of felony murder and robbery in connection with Siler's death.

Police said it looked as though the mother of three had been beaten and stabbed to death.

A witness told police that Russell had planned to rob Siler of drugs she had in her room, according to the arrest report.

Russell is in custody at the Hamilton County Jail on a $300,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions court on Tuesday.

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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