Grundy County man sentenced to life in prison will be back in court Wednesday
It has been 12 years since the killing of Malcolm Burrows rattled the Tracy City community.
Grundy County man, Adam Braseel, was convicted of killing Burrows back in 2007. He will be back in court Wednesday.
For the last decade, Adam Braseel and his family have said he did not kill Burrows. His sister is confident that soon -- Adam Braseel will walk free.
"It's been tough. It's been very tough," Christina Braseel told Channel 3.
Her brother Adam is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.
"It's the phone calls, when he calls me, that gets me through," said Christina Braseel.
Now a decade after Adam was sentenced, the family is hoping he will be able to go home. He was convicted on circumstantial evidence-- largely centered around the victim's family identifying Braseel as the killer.
"Things don't add up and at least, there was reasonable doubt," said Christina Braseel, "There was no DNA, no connection, no motive."
In an interview back in March 2019, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said the case wasn't investigated properly. He suggested new evidence may show an innocent man has spent the last 12 years behind bars.
"Why did it take 12 years to get a fingerprint back from the TBI crime lab. Why? Let's answer some of those questions," Sheriff Shrum told Channel 3.
Adam's sister Christina says she has been in a prison of her own.
"It really does feel like I'm in there with him because I've been waiting by the phone since 2007 for his phone calls at 8 o'clock. I have poured my life and all my finances into this," Christina explained.
Adam Braseel will be back in court on Wednesday. His family is confident this time he'll go from prisoner to a free man.
"I think this time, this time, he is coming home," said Christina Braseel.
Braseel's hearing will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Grundy County Courthouse.
His family told Channel 3 if Adam is eventually freed-- they plan to volunteer with an organization working to exonerate other innocent people.