Competency Trial Underway For Man Charged In Velma Teen's Death


Monday, April 14th 2014, 3:40 pm
By: News 9


Jury selection underway in Stephens County in a competency trial for 22-year-old Miles Bench.

Bench is charged in the killing of 16-year-old Braylee Henry of Velma. Henry was found dead in a pasture in Velma in 2012.

Prosecutors say Bench killed Henry after she stopped to buy gas at the Tee Pee Totem convenience store where Bench worked.

6/11/2012 Related Story: Convenience Store Worker Charged In Death Of Velma Teen

The state is seeking the death penalty. Bench has entered a not guilty plea in the case. His defense attorney asked for a trial to determine if he is competent to stand trial.