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02-26-2015, 01:12 AM #26
Testimony ends in Bench trial
defense called a psychologist who interviewed Bench twice last year for a total of almost 10 hours. He says, in his opinion, Bench is a schizophrenic and suffers from OCD as well. Then, the state called another psychologist to the stand, who interviewed bench last year for 6 1/2 hours, who told the jury that that Bench was faking.
Closing arguments are set for Thursday morning. Jury instructions are set to begin at 10:00 a.m. and the verdict may come in Thursday.JMO
02-26-2015, 05:32 PM #27
Guilty Verdict in Miles Bench Trial
Miles Bench has been found guilty of first degree murder.
The jury deliberated less than an hour and a half before returning verdict.
The punishment phase is set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday.
Justice for Braylee!JMO
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03-02-2015, 10:12 PM #28
It was the story of incredible loss from those who knew Braylee Henry best that started the sentencing phase Monday morning. Jurors heard statements from each of Braylee's immediate family, many saying they lived with guilt after promising her they would always take care of her. But it was her mother, Renee, who told many emotional jurors how proud she was to have been Braylee's mother and to be the very first to feel her life, and to hold in her heart.
Afterwards, prosecutors immediately questioned one of Bench's former neighbors who claimed he harassed her while she would sit at her pool. Jurors later heard from Bench's stepfather who described a fight he had at home with Bench when he lived in Illinois.JMO
03-02-2015, 10:16 PM #29
The state called two Velma teenagers to testify about encounters they had with Bench at the store.
One of the girls said Bench showed aggressive behavior, chasing her car in the parking lot.
She said he wanted to learn her name and asked if they could hang out later.
The other testified she was at the convenience store the day before the murder.
She said Bench followed her around the store and told her she was pretty after he put his arm around her.JMO
03-05-2015, 12:33 AM #30
In the punishment phase, the defense called several childhood friends and special education teachers from Bench's time in Wilmington.
Several witnesses said Bench suffered from learning disabilities as a child, but was always respectful and seemed to know right from wrong.
Bench's second and third grade teacher said Bench seemed embarrassed whenever he needed help with school work.
She also said Bench would joke around whenever things were tough, but she said he always seemed sad to her.JMO
03-05-2015, 12:34 AM #31
Testimony halted 'till Thursday, because of weather/travel conditions.JMO
03-05-2015, 12:37 AM #32
NCAN, Okla._Wednesday, the jury heard from nearly a dozen defense witnesses who knew Miles Bench as a child.
Jurors are determining whether or not to sentence Bench to death for the 2012 murder of Braylee Henry. The proceedings was a change of pace in the courtroom as not one word was mentioned about Braylee. Instead, witnesses for the defense recalled their experiences with Miles Bench during his earlier years to give the jury a better picture of the person they remember.
Weather permitting, the sentencing phase is set to resume Thursday no earlier than 10:00 a.m. The judge believes they should be able to wrap up this phase after hearing from Thursday's witnesses.JMO
03-05-2015, 11:10 PM #33
Jury Recommends Death Penalty in Miles Bench TrialJMO
03-06-2015, 10:45 AM #34
After deliberating for almost two hours, a Stephens County jury recommended the death penalty for a man convicted of killing a 16-year-old girl, District Attorney Jason Hicks said Thursday.
Miles Bench, 23, of Velma, showed little reaction when the death penalty verdict was read Thursday evening, Hicks said.JMO
03-06-2015, 05:51 PM #35
According to reports, a jury of twelve came to a unanimous decision Thursday after about two hours of deliberation. Bench was convicted of first-degree murder in February for beating the 16-year-old teen to death in the backroom of the Tee Pee Totem convenience store in 2012. Prosecutors said that Bench did not know the girl, but attacked her after she entered the store alone.JMO
03-09-2015, 11:01 PM #36
The jury decided that Henry's death was particularly "heinous, atrocious and cruel" and that Bench constituted a continuing threat to society. Both factors are necessary for death penalty consideration in Oklahoma.
Braylee may your family find some small comfort knowing that your killer is where he belongs.
and a for Braylee.JMO
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