Adam Braseel followed the rules, and his family does not understand why the district attorney felt it necessary to take him into custody last Friday. After spending eight years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit, Braseel was released in January, when Judge Justin Angel heard his appeal and granted him a new trial. Unhappy with Angel’s decision, District Attorney Steve strain took the case to the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals, asking that the decision be overturned and Braseel returned to prison.
While awaiting the court’s decision, Braseel has been a model citizen. He has a job, is active in his church, and volunteers in the community. That’s why it was so alarming to his family when the District Attorney issued an arbitrary surrender and took Braseel back into custody on Friday.
After Braseel was returned to custody, social media blew up with false claims that Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum had re-arrested him. Shrum addressed these rumors with the Herald on Monday.
“In the interest of integrity and transparency, I feel it is important to ‘set the record straight’ regarding the Sheriff’s Office participation in the recent events surrounding the Adam Braseel case,” said Shrum “ Early last week, the Sheriff’s Office, along with a number of other entities in the judicial process, received a letter from the Criminal Court of Appeals stating the opinion of the Court of Appeals would be disclosed on October 11. In that letter, I was instructed to notify the clerk of said court as to whether or not I had Braseel in my custody on that date by 9:30 a.m.
“On Friday morning, October 7, I contacted Braseel by telephone and asked him if he had been notified by his attorney of the pending disclosure of the pending court decision on Tuesday, and the need to be in my custody by that date. Braseel explained he had been in contact with his attorney and did understand. I agreed to meet with Braseel on Tuesday morning, October 11, at 8 a.m., at the Sheriff’s Office to wait for the disclosure of the opinion.
Around 10 a.m., on Friday, agents from Cumberland Bail Bonding brought Braseel to the jail and released him to the custody of the Sheriff pending a surrender of bond hearing. I contacted the powers that be with Cumberland Bonding who instructed me this was done at the request and authority of the District Attorney’s Office.
“I immediately contacted the Criminal Court of Appeals and notified the clerk Braseel was in custody. The court then released the opinion that day and did not wait until Tuesday. Paperwork was filed in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office on Monday morning by Cumberland Bonding requesting a bond surrender hearing.
“It is unfortunate that articles like this have to be submitted from time to time for checks and balances and in the interest of public information. The general public should also make note the Sheriff’s Office does not have the ability to revoke a bond. Only the court carries that authority. Be very cautious of things you read and share on social media. There are people trying to profit by sensationalizing stories. They publish false and misleading information to the point of being slanderous and libelous.
“Finally,” said Shrum, “both the Braseel family and the District Attorney’s Office can attest to the professionalism of this office and my staff during any interactions that have incurred regarding this case. We serve the people of Grundy County and this Court with humility, gratitude and integrity.”
Braseel’s family is working to raise money for a bond so he can be released while appealing the latest ruling to the Tennessee Supreme court.