A suspect has been arrested in the killing Tuesday night of Smyrna resident Melissa Hamilton in Davidson County.
Madison Precinct detectives identified and arrested Brian Conley, 31, in connection with the fatal stabbing of Hamilton, 50, inside her workplace at Crossroads Counseling, 521 Gallatin Pike South, according to a press release from Metro Nashville Police Department.
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 said. It appears that he and Hamilton had a brief interaction before the lights were turned out, police said. After approximately 15 minutes, Conley left through the rear exit, police said. It does not appear that the two knew each other prior to the attack or that Conley had been a client, police said.
Conley, of Pueblo Drive in Madison, was arrested Thursday afternoon outside the Madison Public Library which is directly across the street from Crossroads Counseling. He had checked out a book on Tuesday and returned to the library Thursday where he was taken into custody. Conley, who refused to speak to detectives, had a wound to his right hand consistent with Hamilton’s stab wounds, police said.
Hamilton was a resident of Smyrna, Metro police said. She was assistant director of Crossroads, according to the company’s website.
Hamilton facilitated a group counseling session Tuesday night at Crossroads which concluded at 7:30 p.m., police said. It was not uncommon for her to conduct individual counseling following the group session.
Hamilton’s husband contacted police at 6 a.m. after he awoke and found that his wife had not returned home, police said. Responding officers found Hamilton’s body a short time later inside the business with obvious signs of trauma.
Hamilton’s vehicle, a Ford Focus, was found parked near the front door of the business.