Convicted Murderer Gets New Trial

A Grundy County Man serving time for murder and assault has had his convictions set aside and will be given a new trial. Adam Braseel was 21 years old at the time of the January, 2006 crimes. He was convicted in connection with the murder of Malcolm Burrows and assaulting Rebecca Hill. Hill has since died. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Braseel’s family campaigned for his freedom since his November, 2007 conviction. Circuit Judge Justin Angel ordered a new trial last month. He says Braseel did not receive “effective assistance of counsel” during the jury trial. Angel notes the man was convicted based solely on the testimony of 2 witnesses. No other evidence, including DNA, linked the man. The state says it will appeal the ruling.

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