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Miles Bench Found Guilty in Death of Velma Teen

Miles Bench has been found guilty in the death of Velma teen Braylee Henry.

The verdict comes after nearly three years since the death Braylee Henry. During the trial much was discussed.

Several witnesses took to the stand during the trail. Braylee's mother told jurors about Braylee as a teen and her excitement for her new car that she jumped at the chance to drive. She was on an errand for sour cream, chips, salsa and candy. She first went to Speedy G's before arriving at Teepee Totem where she disappeared. Renee explained that it took hours for her to find out what happened to Braylee, even after driving by the store and seeing the crime tape.

After that, a customer of the store told prosecutors she found the store abandoned that night; open, but no clerk in sight. She searched everywhere for one and that's when she found a large pool of blood in the storage room. More emotional moments for the family and the witness as photos were shown for the jury.

From there, deputies and detectives were put on the stand to discuss the investigation. Despite numerous competency hearings in the past.

 Bench's defense stood by the belief that Bench was not mentally stable during the attack on Braylee.


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.”

Sentencing will be held next week.

Stay tuned to Newschannel 6 as we follow this story.

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