Bench Pleads Not Guilty


A convenience store clerk has pleaded not guilt after being accused of killing a 16 year-old girl last year in Stephens County.

Twenty-two year-old Miles Bench is charged with the first degree murder of Velma High School sophomore Braylee Henry.

Officials say the office of Stephens County District Attorney, Jason Hicks, filed paper work yesterday to officially pursue the death penalty for bench if he is convicted.

Police say on June 6th, 2012 Braylee had gone to the store for a soda when bench attacked her.

Her body was found in a field near Bench's grandparents' home. The autopsy revealed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Last November, Bench's attorney filed for a competency exam and jury trial on competency, court records show he withdrew the request last month.

The trial is set to take place in January.

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