SOUTH CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Dept. says two people were arrested in connection with the death of a woman found dead in a South Crossville hotel Tuesday night.
Travis Allen Brumalough, 26, was charged with premeditated first degree murder and his bond was set at $1,000,000. Authorities also arrested Franklin Dewey Adcox, accusing him of tempering with evidence. He is being held on $50,000 bond. Both men are due in court on February 11.
Budget Inn owner Hema Patel said it was business as usual for her Tuesday night, until about 7:45, when a man came in asking to check on Paula Brenda Sue Selby, 41 - the woman in room 106.
"He asked me to open the door and he said, 'My brother has killed one lady in the room' and I said, 'Well, I'll have to open the door' and he said, 'I want to check it, you know?'" said Patel.
She opened the door and the man rushed in. She said he then came out and said Selby was dead in the bathroom and nobody else was in the room.
Patel called 911. A few hours later, deputies arrested Brumbalough and Adcox. They said Selby died from blunt force trauma to the head.
"Yeah, I'm sad, I'm sad - it's happened here, and I don't want to do that, you know?" said Patel.
Turns out, the couple staying in the next room knows Brumalough.
"His mom is staying here," said Michelle Edwards, who is staying in room 107.
Edwards described him as "crazy" and said he attacked her a few days ago.
"He was trying to talk to my boyfriend and he was in the restroom and I told him that I'd have him talk to him in a minute and he just lost it," said Edwards.
As for Selby, Patel said she was a regular customer a few years ago, but she hadn't seen her for a long time until she checked in last Thursday.
"I said, 'Where you been Paula?" And she said, 'I just got out of jail - I've been in 27 months. I just got out of jail you know?'" Patel said.
Patel said she still can't believe something so brutal happened at her motel.
Investigators from the Sheriff's Office and TBI said Selby's body will be taken to the State of Tennessee Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville for forensic examination.