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March 28, 2014

Henry murder case removed from April jury docket

DUNCAN — Miles Sterling Bench, accused of murdering 16-year-old Braylee Henry nearly two years ago, will not be on the April jury docket as initially expected, District Attorney Jason Hicks said Thursday.

Bench, 23, of Velma, is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Henry, but is awaiting   a competency hearing to determine if he can stand trial.

Bench likely will be placed on the August docket, said Hicks, but declined to comment further  out of respect for Henry’s family and because the case is dealing with Bench’s mental state.

Henry was bludgeoned to death in a Velma convenience store in June 2012. More than two years will have passed since Henry’s death by the time Bench goes to trial.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Already set for August are separate trials for Michael Dewayne Jones, 18, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, both of Duncan. The two teens face first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Australian native Christopher Jones. Lane died Aug. 16, 2013, near the intersection of Country Club Road and Twilight Beach.

Jones and Luna are set for the Aug. 18 docket.  James Francis Edwards Jr., 16, also faces a charge of first-degree murder in Lane’s death. Edwards could face a reduced charge if he testifies against Jones and Luna in their trials.

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