Testimony Ends in Bench Trial

DUNCAN, Okla.- Testimony ended Wednesday in the Miles Bench murder trial in Duncan, and the jury will get the case Thursday morning.

Bench is accused of killing Braylee Henry, a teenager from Velma, who stopped at the convenience store where Bench worked back in 2012. On the final day of testimony, jurors learned what Bench told psychologists about the night of the murder.

The 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.

The defense's psychologist testified that Bench told him that a girl walked into the store that he recognized from his stint in the Navy. The doctor believed he was speaking about Braylee. He said Bench had been having delusions that the Navy and CIA were trying to bring him back to duty.

Bench told him the Navy girl attacked him by the soda machine and all he remembered was hitting her and then putting her in a chokehold, then later attacking her again. He said he put something in a shopping cart and then put it in a vehicle and drove off, so the Navy couldn't get him. But the state's psychologist testified Bench's "delusions" were too dramatic and incredible. She said Bench told her he heard voices, one talking in one ear, another in the other ear, as he was disposing of Braylee's body. She said in her experience with more than 200 patients over the past 20 years, she had never heard of such delusions.

She also said Bench's answers to a mental health ranked so high for schizophrenia, that it indicated he was faking his answers. She pointed to a study in which they asked people to try and fake schizophrenia, and their scores were very similar to Bench's.

Also, when the defense's psychologist testified, the state brought up multiple reports of women who entered the convenience store Bench worked at who said he said or did sexually inappropriate things to them. They asked with that evidence is it something that should be seen as a pattern instead of a psychotic break. He answered “possibly.”

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.