Mendenhall, 65, of Albion, Ill., was charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the 2007 death of Symantha D. Winter, 48, of Lebanon.
Winters’ naked body was found June 6, 2007, in a trash can at the Pilot Travel center on Highway 231 in Lebanon.
Mendenhall is already serving a life sentence at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville for the June 26, 2007, killing of Sarah Nicole Hulbert, 25, of Nashville, who was found dead of gunshot wounds at a truck stop north of Nashville.
During questioning in that case, Mendenhall gave a statement implicating himself in that murder and in Winters’ death. As the investigation unfolded, he then implicated himself in one death in Alabama, one in Georgia and two in Indiana.
Mendenhall was indicted by a Wilson County grand jury for Winters’ death on Aug. 17, 2007.
While in jail, Mendenhall received an additional 30-year sentence for trying to hire someone to kill the three associates he had implicated for the killings in his original statement to police.
According to authorities, Mendenhall separately approached two inmates with offers to pay them $15,000 for the killings. One of the killings was a “copycat” rime, designed to lead police to believe the killer was still at large.
In that incident, Mendenhall was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.
According to a court clerk, Mendenhall is scheduled to be transported from prison to Wilson County criminal court on his next court date.