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    OK - Braylee Rae Henry, Velma - Miles Bench chgd w/murder

    Girl found dead in Stephens County is identified; arrest is made

    A 16-year-old girl who went to buy a soda pop at a convenience store Wednesday night was found dead later in a pasture east of Velma.

    A Stephens County Sheriff’s Department canine unit found the body of Braylee Rae Henry. The body had signs of trauma.

    Myles Sterling Bench, 21, was arrested on a murder complaint after he was found driving Henry’s car. Deputies tracked the car using its GPS system.

    Bench is a clerk at the Tee Pee Totem convenience store, where investigators found blood on the floor Wednesday night

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    This is actually the town I grew up in. Thanks to Onstar for helping the police track Braylee's car and then assisting state and local law enforcement in disabling the car!
    Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
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    I follow an "In Memory" page for Braylee on FB and it was stated there that a competency hearing has been scheduled for August 19. Strangely, I haven't been able to find anything else about this in the news.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brayl...80144525338189
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlithePlum View Post
    I follow an "In Memory" page for Braylee on FB and it was stated there that a competency hearing has been scheduled for August 19. Strangely, I haven't been able to find anything else about this in the news.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brayl...80144525338189
    Do they mean April 19?


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    Quote Originally Posted by eileenhawkeye View Post
    Do they mean April 19?
    I wondered that, so I went ahead and checked out the court records. This is what I found:

    FILE ENT AND REC ORDER SETTING HEARING AS TO COMPETENCY AND WAIVER OF RIGHT TO HEARING WITHIN 72 HRS (8-7-13 @9:00 AM) JHE DB (COMPETENCY REPORT SEALED NOT SCANNED)
    BBM

    http://www1.odcr.com/detail?court=06...69-CF++1200172
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    08/19/2013 9:00am FELONY JURY TRIAL

    http://www1.odcr.com/detail?court=06...69-CF++1200172


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    http://www.okcfox.com/story/25720599...ee-murder-case

    A Velma man charged with first-degree murder has again been found mentally competent to stand trial.

    Friday's ruling by Judge Joe Enos in Stephens County District Court is the fourth time that 23-year-old Miles Sterling Bench has been found competent for trial for the death of 16-year-old Braylee Rae Henry...

    District Attorney Jason Hicks has said he is seeking the death penalty if Bench is convicted.


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    http://www.duncanbanner.com/local/x1...-until-January

    The impending trial of Miles Bench, who faces a possible death penalty in the slaying of a Velma teen-ager, has been postponed until January.

    District Judge Joe Enos granted the continuance at the request of Bench’s attorneys, District Attorney Jason Hicks said Saturday...

    Defense attorneys have filed a motion notifying the court they plan to raise an insanity defense in the case.


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    http://www.kswo.com/story/27179837/t...or-miles-bench

    A man accused of murdering a teenage girl in Velma more than two years ago now knows when he'll get his day in court.

    Miles Bench will face a judge and jury on February 9 at the Stephens County Courthouse.


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    http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/jur...5beb5af9e.html

    Incriminating statements made by Miles Bench in the days following his arrest for the slaying of 16-year-old Braylee Henry are now the subject of a fierce courtroom battle between prosecutors and defense attorneys for the long-haired, bearded defendant.

    Thus far, prosecutors are winning...

    Russell already has ruled that Henry’s immediate family members will be allowed to wear ‘grief buttons’ bearing the teenager’s likeness. He also has said prosecutors can show jurors a photo of Henry, though he limited its size to 8-by-10 inches.


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    http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/mot...904cf0b51.html

    Among the statements, Bench’s attorneys hope to suppress his statement, “I think I killed someone,” after he was ordered out of his car at gunpoint and arrested by Custer County deputies soon after the murder...

    Prosecutors further state the statement rebuts defense attorneys’ claims of insanity.


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    http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/mur...ecd7487a5.html

    A motion to require the doctor who performed the autopsy on Velma teenager Braylee Henry to attend the pretrial hearings for her alleged killer, Miles Bench, is set for a hearing at 10 a.m. today...

    Prosecutors believe Dr. Inas Yacoub of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who performed Henry’s autopsy, will testify that Henry experienced intense pain and suffering before her death, to support the state’s contention the teenager’s death was “heinous, atrocious and cruel.” Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

    The submission of crime scene photos is also a subject of heated debate between the prosecution and defense.


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    http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/jur...33fd4bfe7.html

    Jury selection will begin Monday for the first-degree murder trial of Miles Bench...

    Stephens County Court Clerk Margaret Cunningham said about 400 potential jurors were summoned for this jury term, which is about 50 more than usual. Jury selection is expected to last for about a week, followed by opening statements from prosecutors and the defense.


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    http://kfor.com/2015/02/17/testimony...oklahoma-teen/

    Testimony began Tuesday in the murder trial of an Oklahoma man accused of killing a teenager.

    23-year-old Miles Bench is accused of killing Velma teen Braylee Henry in the back room of the Tee Pee Totem convenience store June 6, 2012...

    The state is still presenting its case, but NewsChannel 4 is told Bench’s attorneys plan to present an insanity defense.


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    http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/ben...26a7095d4.html

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    The wrongful death suit against Miles Bench and the owners of the Tee Pee Totem convenience store filed after the death of Velma teenager Braylee Henry is halted until March.

    Bench, 23, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly murdering Henry in the back room of the convenience store in June, 2012.


    Henry’s parents, Billy Ray Henry and Gina Renee Henson, filed a suit seeking more than $75,000 in compensation for damage caused from their child’s death."
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    http://www.kswo.com/story/28131975/o...in-bench-trial

    Once the final jury was chosen Tuesday morning, opening statements began quickly. In all, jurors heard from about eight witnesses. This is the moment that Braylee's family has been bracing for, the evidence presented in the courtroom right off the bat was very hard for the family to see. With Braylee's mother, Renee, taking the stand first, the trial began with a very emotional tone.

    .....

    From there, deputies and detectives were put on the stand to discuss the investigation. Despite numerous competency hearings in the past, Bench's defense is standing by the belief that Bench was not mentally stable during the attack on Braylee.

    In their opening statements, they told jurors he hallucinated, didn't sleep and didn't plan on killing anyone. During cross-examination, they tried to discredit witnesses pertaining to the investigation.
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    http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/tes...8158dfb71.html

    Edwards said Bench’s arrival at his grandparents to gather clothes before leaving in a hurry indicates Bench understood his actions, while Soloman argued Bench’s rush indicates he hadn’t planned the murder.

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    Bench was found in Custer County driving Henry’s car and covered in blood using the OnStar tracking on the car within hours.
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    http://www.texomashomepage.com/story...60u5io9k_5O36Q

    A cup of ice found on the scene was not swabbed for a DNA test, according the former investigator.

    He said he "didn't feel it had enough evidentiary value to swab it."

    So the former investigator is speculatied on whether it was Braylee's.

    There was a pair of flip flops found inside the convenience store, which the investigator says has a mark caused by a shopping cart.
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    Powell said they found tracks leading to Braylee's body in a field at Bench's grandparents home, where he lived.

    He said there was a large amount of blood on her hair, face and head.

    Family members and friends looked away and some began to cry when prosecutors showed photos of the scene.

    The detective testified her body was near a camper trailer about 75 yards from the road, and some dirt and vegetation had been pulled over it.

    A garden hoe with fresh dirt on it was leaning against the trailer
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    http://www.kswo.com/story/28143137/b...at-bench-trial

    The lead investigator said Braylee's body was found right next to a camper, about 100 yards away from Bench's grandparents' home. Tracks that led off of the long driveway to the home took investigators straight to the body. He said her legs were partially covered in vegetation and dirt that clearly was pulled from nearby. He also found a garden tool just feet away from her body leaning against the camper.

    During cross examination, the defense attorney asked if the deputy thought it was odd that Bench didn't try to hide the body in a more densely wooded area nearby. The investigator said he believed it would have been more difficult to do that, because it had rained earlier in the day, making it harder to drive through muddy areas. Bench's lawyer continued to push the idea that Bench's actions were not those of a competent person.
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    http://www.texomashomepage.com/story...60u5io9k_5O36Q

    Thursday morning, a Custer County officer who booked Bench into jail testified Bench told him he thought he had blacked out and killed someone, and also asked him if he could plead insanity if he had blacked out.

    He said Bench showed no signs of being mentally unstable.
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    only 16 years old

    Justice for Braylee.
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    http://www.kswo.com/story/28180868/p...in-bench-trial

    Prosecution rests in Bench trial

    After analyzing several graphic photos from Braylee Henry's autopsy, the state medical examiner confirmed with prosecutors that Henry died due to blunt force trauma to the head and neck. The medical examiner described several photos of Henry's injuries all over her body, from bruising on her knuckles to scratches on her back consistent with dragging. She says she found many of the wounds were consistent with multiple impacts to the body, not just one.
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    http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/med...fc0ba87c9.html


    The forensic pathologist who performed Henry’s autopsy, the OSBI criminalist who tested Bench’s shoes and socks for blood and the OSBI criminalist who tested them for Henry’s DNA marked the end of the state’s case.

    Bench looked down as images of her injuries taken by Dr. Inas Yacoub, a forensic pathologist with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, were shown to the jury of five women and seven men.
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    http://www.kswo.com/story/28191640/d...in-bench-trial

    Defense calls character witnesses in Bench trial

    Bench's grandmother was the first witness to take the stand Tuesday morning. In her testimony, she told jurors she would hear knocking on the walls and assumed the noise was Miles hitting his head against the wall. The state fired back, saying her testimony was contradictory to what she told prosecutors last year. She replied by saying she couldn't remember what she said.
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