Suspect arrested in ‘brutal’ murder of Madison counselor


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Police made an arrest in the ‘brutal’ murder case of a counselor who was found dead Wednesday morning.

Metro police said the body of Melissa “Missy” Hamilton was discovered naked with multiple stab wounds around 6:30 a.m. at Crossroads Counseling on Gallatin Pike South near Neelys Bend Road.

Hamilton, who lived in La Vergne, was the center’s Assistant Director.

Police have arrested and charged 31-year-old Brian Conley in connection to Hamilton’s murder.

Police say the two did not know each other prior to the attack and that Conley was not a client.

Surveillance video from surrounding businesses helped throughout the course of this investigation, police said.

According to police, Conley entered the front doors of the counseling center around 7:30 p.m. He and Hamilton apparently had a brief interaction before the lights were turned out.  An affidavit states that Conley sexually assaulted Hamilton before stabbing her to death.

News 2 obtained surveillance video from a nearby business that shows a person walking up with his bike to the counseling center around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Metro Police confirm Conley did have a bike the night they say he killed Hamilton.

Police arrested Conley outside the Madison Public Library Thursday evening which is across from Crossroads Counseling.

According to Metro, he was returning a book he had checked out on Tuesday.

Conley would not speak to detectives and had a wound on his right hand consistent with Hamilton’s stab wounds, police said.

No additional information was immediately released.

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