Miles Bench 2015

Miles Bench 2015

The state rested its case against Miles Bench during the sentencing phase of his first-degree murder trial Monday.

Bench, 23, was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury of five women and seven men Thursday for beating Velma teen Braylee Henry, 16, to death in the back room of the Tee Pee Totem convenience store, where he worked as a cashier, on June 6, 2012.

Now, the jury must decide whether Bench receives a life sentence, life without parole or death.

Dr. Inas Yacoub, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Henry, told the jury a circular pattern in the injuries to Henry’s neck match the sole of a shoe, allegedly worn by Bench.

Yacoub said extensive injuries to Henry’s airway caused her to be unable to breathe. She said her injuries also indicate multiple impacts.

The state rested its case after Yacoub’s testimony.

Bench’s attorneys – Mitch Solomon and Shea Smith – will begin calling witnesses at 9 a.m. today.

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