Tanning bed murder suspect appears in court for 1st time in Tenn.

Patrick Streater, tanning bed murders
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The man accused of stabbing two women to death in a notorious 1996 Nashville murder case appeared in court for the first time in Tennessee Wednesday.

Patrick Streater appeared before Judge Monte Watkins around 9 a.m. where he asked for a public defender.

He was in court less than two minutes.

Patrick Streater, tanning bed murders
Patrick Streater appeared in court for less than 2 minutes. (Photo: WKRN)

Streater was booked into the Metro jail in August 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.

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

Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Chilton Chilton’s mother, Gail, said she is ready to see Streater face-to-face.

“I want him to look at me,” she previously told News 2. “He killed Melissa and he didn’t even know who Melissa was.”

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

It is not yet known if the death penalty will be sought in the case.

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