Mother of tanning bed murder suspect says her son is innocent

Patrycia Streater-McFadden and Patrick Streater
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Patrycia Streater-McFadden, the mother of a 39-year-old man accused in the notorious 1996 tanning bed murders, says her son is innocent.

Streater-McFadden drove from South Carolina to Nashville Wednesday for a court hearing that lasted less than five minutes.

She said wanted to support her son Patrick Streater, who is charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the stabbing deaths of Melissa Chilton and Tiffany Campbell in 1996. The 18-year-olds were found stabbed to death inside an adult business.

Patrick Streater, tanning bed murders
Photo: WKRN

On Wednesday, Streater pleaded not guilty through a court-appointed attorney at his arraignment in front of Judge Monte Watkins.

Following the hearing, Streater-McFadden spoke for her son.

“I am saddened,” she said. “Anyone would be saddened to see their child handcuffed.”

Streater-McFadden said her son is innocent and that will be proven at trial.

“I know Patrick is innocent,” she said. “He was actually living with me at the time of these murders and there are a lot of unanswered questions that I am sure are going to come out at trial.”

Streater wrote News 2 from prison in February professing his innocence and stating he wanted to return to Tennessee to face the charges against him.

Patrick Streater, tanning bed murders
Photo: WKRN

“He has been trying very hard for the last two years to get here,” his mother said. “I just really feel like he is not had his voice heard and he has been convicted in the media.”

Both mothers of Campbell and Chilton were in also in court Wednesday. It was the first time they had seen Streater in person since his indictment.

They left court without commenting other than telling News 2 they were glad the court process has started.

Streater-McFadden also said her family wants justice served for the victims but not at the expense of her son.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what they have been going through,” she said.” I just want to see justice for everybody, but I don’t want their justice on his back as an innocent person.”

Streater remains in the Davidson County jail on $750,000 bond. He is due back in court for a hearing on Oct. 8.

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