Update: Death sentence for clerk convicted of killing Oklahoma teen

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STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla.– A jury gave Miles Bench the death penalty for the murder of 16-year-old Braylee Henry.

It took only two hours of deliberating for the jury to find 23-year-old Miles Bench guilty of first-degree murder back in February.

He was convicted of killing the teen in the back of a convenience store.

VELMA, Okla. - The murder of a 16-year-old has haunted the town of Velma for more than 2 years. Her alleged killer faced a jury  for the first time Tuesday.

Prosecutors in Stephens County began to lay out their case against 23-year-old Miles Bench.

The mother of victim Braylee Rae Henry testified that her daughter barely even knew Bench's name the night he allegedly killed Braylee inside a Velma convenience store.

Family and friends of Braylee Henry remember her as an avid basketball player with a beautiful smile. Braylee's death devastated her family and the small town of Velma on June 6, 2012.

Prosecutors say Miles Sterling Bench beat Braylee to death in the back room of the Tee Pee Totem convenience store. They say he was the only clerk on duty that night when Braylee stopped there for gas.

Tuesday, a witness testified when she stopped by Tee Pee Totem that night, no one was inside. She discovered a pool of blood and left to get help.

Sheriff's deputies went to Bench's grandparents' home, where he lived. They sent police dogs out on the property to find Bench. Instead, they found Braylee's body. Bench was later arrested while driving Braylee's car.

His defense attorneys say he suffers from mental illness.

In fact, they tried to get Bench declared mentally incompetent, but the judge ruled that he is fit to stand trial.

A co-worker of Bench testified Tuesday he was always friendly and did his job well. She also said the night of the murder was the first night Bench worked the store alone.

Testimony will continue Wednesday morning. The trial is expected to last a couple more weeks.

If convicted, Bench could face the death penalty.


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