Man Accused of Killing Chattanooga Father in Court

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 10/24/2012 6:58 am
There was no expression on Keith Stewart's face as he stands before one judge and two devastated families.

Brandon Raulston, Stewart's Attorney, says, "He's anxious to have his day in court and defend the case.  As far as the details, I can't really discuss that. I've met with him a few times, and he's anxious to move forward with the case."

Moving forward means calling two Soddy Daisy police officers to the stand.

Lead detective, Dennis Waters, says Stewart was initially questioned when Casey Burgiss disappeared in late July.

Waters adds, "Initially he told me he had nothing to with the disappearance of Casey."

But several tips lead officers back to Stewart three months later.

At that time they say Stewart changed his story, not once, not even twice.

Eventually, officers tell us Stewart admitted to this.

Michael Sneed, with the Soddy Daisy Police Department, says, "He was advising that he was there when Mr. Burgiss was killed and he would take us to the location where Mr. Bugiss was killed."

And so Stewart did, He took officers to a cave off Montlake Mountain; a cave he calls the Devils Pocket.

During that time detectives say Stewart confessed to finding the spot, but not to the shooting death of Burgiss.

Waters adds, "He did change it [story] to where he got paid 240 dollars to find the spot."

According to testimony, it was a robbery gone bad, but investigators say Stewart did not confess.

He actually said another man pulled the trigger.

Waters adds, "The victims pockets were turned inside out, said they took $200."

And that right there was enough testimony to bound this case over to the grand jury.

Stewart's bond remains at $750,000.

Shell casings were also found at the scene, and right now those casings are being tested to see if they match a handgun found at Stewart's home.

No other suspects have been arrested at this time.

We will be following this story and bring you the latest as soon as it becomes available.

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