published Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Bradley County murder charge dropped against accused husband

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A high profile Bradley County murder case has taken a shocking twist. Months after a grand jury indicted Donnie Brantley for the murder of his wife, her family, investigators and prosecutors requested to drop the charges.

Marsha Brantley was reported missing in November of 2009. Her body was never found. Late last year, a grand jury decided they had enough evidence to indict her husband, Donnie Brantley, for her murder.

Donnie Brantley was supposed to go on trial for murder Tuesday, but instead he's walking around a free man. The prosecution has opted to drop the case against him, at least for now. But, they say this does not mean he's off the hook for good.

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