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Man Arrested In Connection With 'Brutal' Stabbing Death Of Woman At Counseling Center

Brian Conley is expected to be charged with the killing of Melissa Hamilton who was found brutally stabbed to death at Crossroads Counseling in Madison, Tenn., where she worked. 

By Gina Tron
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The suspect in the murder of a Tennessee woman, who was found stabbed to death at the counseling center where she worked, was arrested directly across the street from the crime scene.

Melissa Hamilton, 50, was found dead Wednesday inside Crossroads Counseling in Madison, where she worked as the assistant director, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a press release.

By Thursday evening, police announced that a suspect was in custody. Brian D. Conley, 31, was arrested and is expected to be charged with Hamilton’s murder, police tweeted.

“After reviewing video evidence gathered from the area, detectives determined that Conley entered the front door of Crossroads Counseling Tuesday at 7:30 p.m,” police wrote in a press release. “It appears that he and Hamilton had a brief interaction before the lights were turned out. After approximately 15 minutes, Conley left through the rear exit. It does not appear that the two knew each other prior to the attack or that Conley had been a client.”

Hamilton had facilitated a group counseling session Tuesday night which ended at 7:30 p.m and police had noted that it was not unusual for her to conduct individual counseling after group sessions. She was found dead inside an individual counseling room.

Conley, of Pueblo Drive, was arrested Thursday afternoon while returning a book to the local library, “which is directly across the street from Crossroads Counseling,” police noted. 

Authorities tweeted Thursday that Hamilton had suffered multiple stab wounds; they previously described her death as "brutal."

“Conley, who refused to speak to detectives, had a wound to his right hand consistent with Hamilton’s stab wounds,” police noted in their press release.

It’s not clear if Conley has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

Hamilton is a mother of two. Her husband of 25 years Jack Hamilton told the Tennessean she had no enemies.

"That's why we can't figure out what happened," he said prior to the arrest of Conley, calling his slain spouse “funny and loved."

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