KNOXVILLE– A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Gatlinburg Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a Sevierville man, charged in connection to a homicide.

On September 27th, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Special Agents joined the Gatlinburg Police Department in investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Melinda Ruth Russell (DOB 9/26/74). On that day, officers with the Gatlinburg Police Department responded to a home in the 800 block of East Highland Drive where they found Russell deceased. During the course the investigation, Agents developed information leading to Victor Scott Bradburn (DOB 12/3/81) as the individual responsible for her death.

Today, Agents secured a warrant charging Bradburn with First Degree Murder. He was served in the Sevier County Jail, where he was already being held on unrelated charges.


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