Man released in December appeal now back behind bars in 2006 slaying

Adam Clyde Braseel in a recent photo provided by the family.
photo Adam Clyde Braseel

The saga continues in Grundy County, Tenn., where Adam Braseel's 2007 murder conviction was overturned in December 2015 and now has been reinstated by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Braseel, 33, was released about 10 months ago after a successful appeal to the trial level court that resulted in the reversal of his murder trial convictions. Circuit Court Judge Justin Angel overturned Braseel's convictions last December and remanded the case for a new trial.

Braseel was convicted during a jury trial in 2007 in the death of Malcolm Burrows and the assault of Rebecca Hill at a home on Melissa Rock Road. Deputies found the victims there on Jan. 7, 2006. Burrows was found dead beside a car about 200 yards from his house and his sister, Hill, was found beaten, the Times Free Press reported at the time.

On Friday, however, the Court of Criminal Appeals ruling handed down an order to reinstate Braseel's convictions and life sentence, reversing Angel's December ruling.

Family members said Monday that Braseel's attorney in the appeal plans to petition the Tennessee Supreme Court to hear the case.

Meanwhile, the Braseel family is hoping to post a bond set for Braseel's release while the case is under appeal, his sister, Christina Braseel, said.

Twelfth Judicial District Attorney Steve Strain said prosecutors oppose any bond or release and are seeking an opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General's Office on the issue.

Braseel remains held at the Grundy County Jail, officials said.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.