Tanning bed murder suspect back in Tenn., jailed for ’96 crime

Patrick Streater (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The man accused of stabbing two women to death in a notorious Nashville murder case in 1996 was extradited to Tennessee Wednesday night.

Patrick Streater is now booked in the Metro jail on two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Melissa Chilton and his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Campbell.

The teens were stabbed to death inside Exotic Tan for Men, an adult business that used to be located on Church Street in Midtown, in February 1996.

Streater was indicted in the case in February 2013, 17 years after the crime. At the time, he was serving a 14-year sentence in San Diego, California, for second and first-degree robbery after a string of violent home invasions in 2002.

This past February, Streater wrote a letter to News 2 expressing his innocence and desire to return to Tennessee to defend himself.

He was extradited back to Tennessee Wednesday night and is being held on $750,000 bond.

Streater will appear in court in the near future, likely next week, for an arraignment. Calls to Streater’s attorney were not immediately returned.

News 2 spoke with Chilton’s mother, Gail, Thursday who said she is ready to see Streater face-to-face.

“I want him to look at me,” she said. “He killed Melissa and he didn’t even know who Melissa was.”

Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Chilton

Since the 1996 murders stunned Nashville, Chilton has been crusading for her daughter and Campbell.

Her work to regulate adult-oriented businesses led to the creation of the Sexually Oriented Business Licensing Board (SOBLB) in Nashville.

It has jurisdiction over the licensing, regulating and controlling of all sexually-oriented establishments in Metro Nashville.

More recently, Chilton and other relatives of victims of violent crimes were able to change state law so pictures of victims can be shown to jury members during trial. Previously, only crime scene photos of victims were shown to jurors but not pictures of victims prior to their murders.

“I feel good about it,” Chilton said. “The alleged killer Patrick Streater is locked up and he is in my house now. I hope justice is swift and firm.”

A motive for the killings has yet to be released.

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