published Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Soddy-Daisy Judge sends murder charge to the grand jury

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    A preliminary hearing was held in Soddy Daisy for a man accused of killing 24-year-old Casey Burgiss.
    Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Keith Stewart will now face a grand jury on a homicide charge in the shooting death of Casey Burgiss.

The case was bound over to the Hamilton County grand jury by Soddy-Daisy Judge Marty Lasley on Tuesday.

Investigators say Stewart, 19, led them to a cave on Montlake Mountain where they found the mummified body of Casey Lance Burgiss, 24.

A medical examiner’s report showed Burgiss died from two gunshot wounds to the head, and he was likely on his knees when killed.

Detectives found three shell casings and one projectile at the scene.

Forensic experts identified Burgiss by a tattoo on his left forearm and dental X-rays.

Stewart remains in custody at the Hamilton County Jail on a $750,000 bond.

Contact staff writer Todd South at or 423-757-6347

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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