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Man Convicted of Murder in 2006 Asks for New Trial

By Innocence Staff

Last week, lawyers for a Tennessee man filed a petition to overturn his murder conviction, saying their client is innocent and a key witness selected the wrong man from a highly suggestive photo lineup.

Adam Clyde Braseel has been in prison for over a decade for the 2006 murder of Malcolm F. Burrows. Prosecutors alleged Braseel lured Burrows from his home saying he had car trouble, then beat him to death and stole his wallet.

But, no physical evidence links Braseel to the crime and alibi witnesses accounted for his whereabouts at the time of the murder.

In addition, the former officer who found Burrows’ body stated in an affidavit accompanying Braseel’s petition that the victim’s wallet was, in fact, not stolen or missing from the scene, as other local law enforcement had claimed. Rather, the wallet was in Burrow’s pant pocket at the scene of the crime.

A key eyewitness in Braseel’s trial was Burrow’s sister Becky Hill, who was also attacked by the same man on the night of Burrow’s murder. According to Braseel’s attorneys, Hill was shown a photo lineup with images of men of varying age, only a few of which resembled her description of the perpetrator. Braseel’s attorneys call the lineup “unconstitutionally suggestive.”

“The whole theory of the trial . . . was based on knowingly perjured testimony,” Braseel’s attorney Alex Little wrote. “Mr. Braseel was connected to the crime by faulty and unconstitutional eyewitness identifications which his counsel failed to suppress.”

The petition was also accompanied by an affidavit from a juror from Braseel’s trial saying she didn’t believe that Braseel was guilty of the crime but she felt intimidated by the jury foreman into submitting a “guilty” vote.

“I believed then and I believe now that Adam Braseel is innocent of the charges that were brought against him,” the juror told the News Sentinel in May.

No hearing for Braseel has been set at this time.

Read the News Sentinel Coverage here.

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21 Comments

  1. Loretta Casey

    I live in Chicago Illinois my son is going through the same thing no DNA no no the police then pick them out of the lineup he didn’t even get caught in the car nothing leads him to this but they still try to get my son 26 years but nothing if anybody know any type of help that I can get email Loretta Casey 52 at gmail.com

  2. Adam is an innocent man. This is one of the most compelling cases that anyone is likely to hear of. You have an altered eye witness statement from the former sheriff, perjured testimony by a TBI agent, and witnesses that were unreliable. As mentioned, one person failed to identify Adam from the lineup, she identified someone else. The other witness would later testify that he knew Adam prior to the murder. Constitutionally he can’t participate in a lineup. There are so many unanswered questions, but one is certain, Adam had nothing to do with this.

  3. kathy

    Adam Braseel needs to be exonerated. He is innocent. #AdamStrong.

  4. Darcy Bedford

    Free Adam!

  5. John Welch

    This young man should not be in jail…..

  6. Some people will not understand the dream of having a front spot on the Innocence Project page, but it has been Adam Braseel’s dream for 10 years. Since he was wrongly convicted, he has begged me to get Barry Scheck to look at his case because he knew he would prive his innicence and get him out! With all of the corruption exposed, hopefully now Mr. Scheck and the other members will help exonerate ANOTHER wrongfully convicted man. Thank you to the entire staff FOR ALL you do for SO MANY people!

  7. Tonya

    Adam Braseel’s case is heating up REAL quick. For the past 2 1/2 years Fear the Hills has been digging out and exposing the secrets that have been buried deep within the mountain for many generations… The irrefutable evidence shows that amongst MANY other things: The sheriff altered eye witness statement to matched Adams description.. A TBI Agent perjured himself at Adams trial and that perjured testimony was INCOURAGED by the Ass DA… A former Grundy County Deputy has challenged the prosecutions false theory that Adam”s motive to kill Malcolm Burrows was robbery, when his sworn statement states that when he turned the body over to TBI Agent and sheriff that his wallet was IN his pocket.
    People are talking and people are listening… Filming has begun by Fear the Hills… Music is being made and people are coming together… ⚖️

  8. Amanda Anderson

    Free Adam! God bless him and his family!

  9. Congratulations on a job well done IP and Happy Anniversary!
    Thank you so much for extending your courtesy and showing interest in this case. Adam and our family have been trying from day one (2006) to get the attention of the Innocence Project. Because of all the wonderful work you have done to help so many less fortunate innocent people that have lost all hope. Unfortunately, there is currently no IP for the state of Tn. This definitely gives me hope, and tells me that you see the injustice in this case. Hopefully, you will see the undying need to pick up this case and investigate it as needed in order to find out the real truth, bringing justice to the very innocent man, as he deserves.
    Thank you again, and May God Bless! #AdamStrong

  10. Gohar Khan

    The Statement of a witness can verified in every criminal case through Brain Wave Science and Polygraph DNA crime scene Investigation test to know this fact that it based on truth or lies.Only real justice can provided if the witness statement based on truth.This step if become necessary part of every case no false or fake witness will be able to stand against law.

  11. Kava Petty

    Thank you so very much for all the IP does for the wrongly convicted – 25 years worth!!
    Thank you for recognizing this tragic case! Please know that Adam Braseel, even barring all of the misconduct, corruption, & constitutional rights violations, is actually innocent! He wanted nothing more than a new / fair trial to prove his innocence! The Honorable Judge Justin Angel vacated his convictions & granted that new trial but the state of Tennessee courts let us all down! The higher courts are supposed to assure justice but they didn’t even care to look at this case as witnessed by their answers to the appeals. Both the decisions of the Tennessee Court of Appeals & Tennessee Supreme Court are riddled with errors! Those decisions can be found here: http://freeadambraseel.org/index…/adam-braseel-case-files/
    We can only pray that the Federal Courts will assure justice!
    #InnocenceMatters #AdamStrong #HelpFreeAdamBraseel #ThankYou

  12. Sheral Godsey-Carter

    Thank you to the people of the Innocence Project for giving Adam’s case some attention. He is an innocent man and his family is as well. The hell they have all been put through is unimaginable. I was present during his trial and was stunned at the verdict. #adamstrong

  13. Tamika Pledger

    January 30, 2015 a group of adults and youth premeditated multiple crimes as they went to my cousins school to jump her. The police told them to leave so they went to her bus stop. My cousin saw the girls across the street and informed the bus driver. Driver told her it was not his/her problem get off the bus. They called me and told me bus stop. When I drive around the corner my car began to slid down the hill off sand and my Mercedes air suspension gave out. I saw two cars a a crowd of people recording and acting dramatic. While sliding I had no where to go so I swerved left towards and open field. The scuffle came in front of my vehicle in the dirt. I stayed at the scene, was not intoxicated nor on drugs, I gave first aid, called 911. I did not know they were in the street over the hill; which was a different location then I was told. Police falsified documents, never allowed the Kansas Higway Patrol to investigate. 15 year old died from medical malpractice as I was charged with involuntary manslaugter. The 15 year old left school in Missouri crossed over to Kansas with three adults to fight my cousin. My daughter and three cousins were on that bus. Thursday, a jury found me guilty as the Special Prosecutors is the deceased fathers personal attorney in other cases. My attorney filed a motion to remove him but the judge said that was not a conflict. I also spoke to that attorney before he became the s.p. as I was asking him to take my case. He then informed me that he was the deceased fathers attorney and will ask him to sign a waiver to represent me. Now, he tried the case against me after I told him about my case. I was a community activist fighting against bullying and crime. Police asked me why do I want to help these kids. I have been targeted for who I am, not for what happened. My insurance compensated all injured parties stating it was an accident. They signed waivers to obtain compensation. In court the judge quoted reckless and removed intent from the jury instructions but I was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and three aggravated battery; as my car came in contact with two of my cousins, one that called me stating, “Tamika, hurry up!” I really need your help. I have done so much to make a difference in my community. I lost everything behind this and closed my daycare of 16 years. God knows I would never hurt anyone recklessly nor intentionally. Please call me at nine one three eight nine zero three eight zero four. I have proof to support all my claims. I can email it to you. Thank you, for your time.

  14. Vera Cracknell

    Wonderful news to hear the Innocence Project is interested in the Wrongful Conviction of Adam Braseel. This case has troubled me for a long time, I am certain it will trouble more people now the facts of the case are being revealed. To send an innocent young man to prison for life is despicable, simply to cover up for other crimes. Free Adam Braseel. #adamstrong

  15. Bobbi Bailey

    Just from what I have read, the case should have been thrown out after the juror came forward and said what she did, she felt pressured by the foreman to plead him guilty, but thought all along he was innocent.
    What’s wrong with this world, this county, this city?
    Give ADAM a new trial, overturn this conviction of guilty on the obvious misdoings of the people that took an oath to do the right thing.
    GOD knows the truth!!!!

  16. CeeJay

    Adam is innocent! He needs justice and the right person needs to be held accountable! None of the information I have read adds up. Adam needs a new trial! #FreeAdam #AdamStrong

  17. Cindy mckinney

    #adamstrong, Adam deserves to be released right now!! This is dumb! And makes me so mad because a court can just take someone’s word and lock him away. Adam, I know you dont belong there and I will do what ever I have to, to help!! God bless you and your family. Stay strong Adam !!

  18. Jennifer Olmstead

    Adam deserves a new trial to prove his innocence!! So thankful to see him featured on the innocence project!! Everyone read and research this case, it will blow your mind! So many lies and injustices done to this man. Can’t wait to see the real murderer face justice and Adam Braseel freed to go home to his family!!

  19. Kava Petty

    Thank you so very much for all the IP does for the wrongly convicted – 25 years worth!!
    Thank you for recognizing this tragic case! Please know that Adam Braseel, even barring all of the misconduct, corruption, & constitutional rights violations, is actually innocent! He wanted nothing more than a new / fair trial to prove his innocence! The Honorable Judge Justin Angel vacated his convictions & granted that new trial but the state of Tennessee courts let us all down! The higher courts are supposed to assure justice but they didn’t even care to look at this case as witnessed by their answers to the appeals. Both the decisions of the Tennessee Court of Appeals & Tennessee Supreme Court are riddled with errors!
    We can only pray that the Federal Courts will assure justice!
    #InnocenceMatters #AdamStrong #HelpFreeAdamBraseel #ThankYou

  20. Linda Adams

    Thank you Innocence Project for sharing Adam Braseel’s story on the front page! So much injustice has been done to this nice, young Christian man and his lovely family. His case really deserves attention, I sure hope you can help him!!

  21. Christy

    Please help Adam Innocence Project. This man was railroaded and I have faith that he will be exonerated of this horrible crime that he knew nothing about.His sister and family loves him very much and are so ready for him to just be home and this nightmare to finally be over and have their son and brother home before too many more birthdays, Christmases,Thanksgivings,Easters slip away without Adam there to celebrate with them, to make memories with, and to just be home. My heart hurts for this family and this innocent man. #AdamStrong

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