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Tennessee Clemency Board Recommends Exoneration of Grundy County Man

The Tennessee Clemency Board heard testimony for over 6 hours on Wednesday concerning the Adam Braseel case. He’s the Grundy County man who spent 12 years in prison for a murder charge that was later thrown out by a judge.

After a unanimous vote, the board recommended that Governor Bill Lee exonerate Braseel.

In 2007, Braseel was convicted of the murder of Malcom Burrows in Tracy City and aggravated assault of his sister. 

A fingerprint from the crime scene was tested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The results showed the fingerprint belonged to Kermit Eugene Bryson, who had similar features to Braseel. Bryson is now deceased after allegedly killing a Grundy County deputy.

Last year, the murder charge was thrown out and Braseel pleaded an “Alford Plea” of guilty to aggravated assault, which allowed him to be released from prison on time served. 

It cleared him of murder, but it left the felony on his record. 

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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