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December 22, 2013

Bench’s murder trial set for April docket call

DUNCAN — A Velma man charged with murdering Velma’s 16-year-old Braylee Henry in June 2012, will be going to trial in April in Stephens County District Court.

The trial for Miles Sterling Bench, 22, has been officially added to the April docket call, a decision months in the making. District Attorney Jason Hicks said Bench’s trial has always been intended for April.

“It was set on the January and April trial dockets,” Hicks said. “We always anticipated it being on the April docket.”

Bench was arrested in June 2012, in connection to the murder of Henry. Henry was believed to have been attacked June 6, 2012, in the Teepee Totem Convenience Story in Velma. Bench was a clerk for the establishment at the time.

The Stephens County District Attorney’s Office is formally seeking the death penalty against Bench. Bench was found competent to stand trial in August. He was arraigned on first-degree murder charges in September, following the results of the competency hearing.

Hicks said, although Bench was always intended for the April trial docket, Bench’s attorney has also changed, which provided another reason to go with the later docket call.

While Bench will not appear in court in January, another local murder case is scheduled.

Michael Anthony Ray, 16, of Marlow, faces first-degree murder charges with deliberate intent in the death of 14-year-old Alyssa Wiles. In June, Wiles’ was found stabbed to death in her bedroom by her father.

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