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Competency Hearing for Alleged Killer of Braylee Henry Set for Friday Morning

A hearing to determine whether the accused murderer of a Stephens County girl should have another competency exam before his trial is set for Friday morning.
A hearing to determine whether the accused murderer of a Stephens County girl should have another competency exam before his trial is set for Friday morning.

Miles Bench has already twice been determined competent to stand trial for the murder of 16-year-old Braylee Henry.

Police say Braylee had gone to the store in Velma where Bench worked in June, 2012 to buy a soft drink and snack. Police say Braylee died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Officers say Bench had blood on his clothes when he was arrested after police used GPS to track Braylee's car. Braylee's body was found in a field at Bench's grandparents home.

A psychologist who'd determined Bench was competent last June, later changed her mind. And defense attorneys asked that a jury determine his competency. They found he was competent to stand trial.

Defense attorneys last month asked for yet another competency exam.

And now Bench also faces a civil wrongful death suit filed against him, as well as the three owners of the Velma convenience story, by Braylee Henry's parents.

Billy Henry and Gina Henson filed this suit this week. They are asking for damages and compensation of more than $75,000 for the loss of their daughter. They allege the owners of the Tee Pee Totem store were negligent in hiring Bench by failing to conduct background checks.
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