Attorneys: Grundy County man serving life in prison for 2006 murder he didn't commit

Adam Braseel is serving time for the killing Malcolm Burrows in Tracy City on January 7, 2006. (2006 image from Defense Attorney Alex Little. Stock background image from MGN)

A Grundy County man who has spent more than a decade behind bars for a crime he says he didn't commit is making another push for freedom.

Now, his attorneys say they have new evidence showing a different culprit in the case.

Adam Braseel is serving time for the killing Malcolm Burrows in Tracy City on January 7, 2006.

Attorneys for Braseel filed a motion on February 8, 2019, saying they have new DNA evidence that does not match Braseel. It would throw out his conviction and give him a new trial.

Braseel and his family argue he was wrongfully convicted, and have gone through years of appeals to try and overturn the conviction.

In the petition, attorneys say evidence used in Braseel's trial was weak, and that new evidence reveals a different person was responsible: Kermit Bryson.

Attorneys say Bryson was a violent felon with a long criminal record who killed a police officer, and later killed himself when police were closing in on him. Bryson was also dating a woman who was raising a child Malcolm Burrows considered to be a grandchild, according to the petition.

Attorneys say eyewitnesses misidentified Bryson as Braseel because they look similar, and the vehicle Bryson drove even looked like the one Braseel drove.

A jury convicted Braseel of the murder on November 7, 2007. A 2011 appeal of the conviction was denied.

In December 2015, a judge granted him a new trial and he was released from prison. It was short-lived, however, as an appeals court upheld the conviction, and he returned to prison after a few days.

Tennessee's Supreme Court denied taking up the case in February 2017.

We reached to the District Attorney and Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum. Neither had a comment in this case.

This is a developing story - depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.

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