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Man Charged In Velma Teen Death

An Oklahoma man is facing a first degree murder charge in connection to the death of a Velma teen.

The Stephens County District Attorney charged Miles Sterling Bench, 21, in court Monday, for the death of 16-year-old Braylee Rae Henry

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said his office responded to a call late Wednesday night at the Tee Pee Totem Convenience Store in Velma, for blood found on the floor and no clerk on duty.

A short time later Sheriff McKinney said they received a report that Henry, had gone to the store and then disappeared.

A search was launched and a police-tracking dog found Henry's body in a wooded area east of town. 

The sheriff says Henry's car was missing but authorities were able to track it through its GPS system. The sheriff says authorities found the car near Weatherford in Custer County.

They found Bench behind the wheel, and took him into custody on a first-degree murder complaint. Sheriff McKinney said he worked at the convenience store in Velma.

Sheriff McKinney said Bench has had past trouble with the law, including; a domestic battery charge in Illinois, a criminal trespass with a vehicle in Illinois and a discharge from the Navy for misconduct and going AWOL.

Bench was denied bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again for his preliminary hearing August 13th.

Henry's funeral was held Tuesday at her high school.

Stay with Newschannel 6 for more information as it becomes available.

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