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    Charges against Donnie Brantley have been dropped:
    http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Murde...kkawA.facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by little lulu View Post
    Charges against Donnie Brantley have been dropped:
    http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Murde...kkawA.facebook


    What the heck?? I wonder what is going on behind the scenes? I've never heard of this before....the family wanting to hold off prosecuting the case, even though the DA thinks they have plenty to go on.

    It's so depressing to think that Marsha's killer is still out there walking around (whether's its Donnie or not)
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    Quote Originally Posted by little lulu View Post
    Charges against Donnie Brantley have been dropped:
    http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Murde...kkawA.facebook
    No clue why her family doesn't want him tried yet

    CLEVELAND, TN (WDEF) - District Attorney General Steve Bebb, tells News 12, "I believe he's guilty as sin."

    In a rare sit down interview, Bebb explains why his office decided to dismiss Donnie Brantley's first degree murder charge, despite calling it a, "knock 'em dead case."

    Bebb adds, "We don't decide things unilaterally. You know, I want to know what everybody thinks, so in this, the family evidentially had told law enforcement they didn't feel good about going forward with it at this time and they wanted to try and get more evidence."

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    From the local newspaper:
    "A cold-case trial was set to begin today, but late last week, the family of Marsha Brantley, who was reported missing in 2009, decided to drop the case for now so investigators could continue to collect evidence and information.

    Donnie Ray Brantley has been freed from the charge of first-degree murder, according to Paul Rush, who took over prosecution of the case recently after assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett left the District Attorney General’s Office to seek election.

    “There are more people coming forward with information and the family of Marsha Brantley approached us to discuss dropping the charge at this time,” Rush said."


    Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Murder charges against Donnie Brantley dropped
    http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/...=homethirdleft

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    Family member interview with news channel 12. http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Famil...Ff27c.facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoopster View Post


    What the heck?? I wonder what is going on behind the scenes? I've never heard of this before....the family wanting to hold off prosecuting the case, even though the DA thinks they have plenty to go on.

    It's so depressing to think that Marsha's killer is still out there walking around (whether's its Donnie or not)
    I've never heard anything like this before either Snoopster, am sure there are many things that haven't been disclosed but if the DA say's they have enough, sure makes you wonder.

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    So they let him go; sounds like he's free to go where ever? I'll be surprised if they do not find him dead before picking him up again. He knows it's coming.

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    Just to be clear, I know that Marsha's relatives have stepped up to the plate and pursued her case. They must know something that we don't. I hope they find peace.

    Thinking of Marsha and her loved ones, as always.
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    I wonder if they are hoping he will lead them to her body?
    This is where Sky belongs!! Proud member of the Sky Crew & proud supporter of Solomon's quest to find his precious son! "I will always be his father. On this earth I don't see him, but in heaven we'll be together," Metalwala said.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...-6-Nov-2011-19

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    According to the FB page, the civil trial has been delayed.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1094...22148/?fref=nf

    According to the FB post, he has relinquished rights to her property, and Marsha has been declared deceased.

    Still here hoping for justice for Marsha!
    This is where Sky belongs!! Proud member of the Sky Crew & proud supporter of Solomon's quest to find his precious son! "I will always be his father. On this earth I don't see him, but in heaven we'll be together," Metalwala said.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...-6-Nov-2011-19

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocomod View Post
    According to the FB page, the civil trial has been delayed.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1094...22148/?fref=nf

    According to the FB post, he has relinquished rights to her property, and Marsha has been declared deceased.

    Still here hoping for justice for Marsha!
    Thanks cocomod. There aren't too many of us who follow this case, as it is an all too common occurrence, where a spouse simply 'disappears'. I too am desperately hoping for justice for Marsha, a quiet voice that deserves to be heard.
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    BCSO arrests Donnie Brantley for the murder of his wife in cold case

    http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/34043791...e-in-cold-case

    Bradley County investigators believe they've solved a 7-year-old cold case.

    Authorities announced Tuesday they have charged Donnie Brantley with 1st degree premeditated murder in the death of Marsha Brantley between May 1st and July 31st of 2009. Deputies say this is the second time Brantley has been charged with his wife's murder, all previous charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.
    Investigators are still searching for Marsha's body. Her family has declared her deceased. District Attorney Steve Crump wouldn't say what new evidence led to his decision on moving forward with the case but he did say the victim's family was behind him.

    Brantley was arraigned before a judge Tuesday afternoon, he told the judge his family was in the process of hiring an attorney.

    Deputies are still gathering evidence, they've asked anyone with information that could help investigators to please come forward.

    Brantley is being held on a $250,000 dollars bond. He's due back in court Tuesday December 20th for an attorney status hearing.

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    Hopefully they have enough to hold him this time!!
    This is where Sky belongs!! Proud member of the Sky Crew & proud supporter of Solomon's quest to find his precious son! "I will always be his father. On this earth I don't see him, but in heaven we'll be together," Metalwala said.

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    What wonderful news!!!



    But why do I have that anxious knot in the pit of my stomach? I really wish they had found Marsha's body by now and perhaps I would feel more confident that they would nail the conviction.

    It's not often that I deeply truly believe someone is guilty before they have a chance to defend themselves -- I believe in 'innocent until proven guilty' and I don't want anyone falsely convicted just because they look guilty. However, this is one case where it's pretty difficult to imagine Donnie didn't do it. His behavior and actions after the fact are very damning.

    I look forward to seeing justice for Marsha. And, with no living parents, siblings or children, Marsha's extended family deserves recognition for steadfastly pursing this case as advocates for Marsha.

    To me this case represents those many women who are killed by their spouse/boyfriend/ex yet don't have a voice. Perhaps it was because it was one of the first cases I followed after joining WS. By all accounts Marsha was a lovely, quiet, soft-hearted spirit, and unfortunately there are too many other "Marshas" out there who die at the hands of domestic violence.
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    Therefore, send not to know, for whom the bell tolls;
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