Court date continued for accused serial killer

Accused serial killer Bruce Mendenhall is due to appear in a Wilson County court in August.
Jun 3, 2014
Bruce Mendenhall

 

Accused serial killer Bruce Mendenhall is due to appear in a Wilson County court in August.

Mendenhall, 63, of Albion, Ill., is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the 2007 slaying of Symantha D. Winters, 48, of Lebanon.

Winter’s naked body was found June 6, 2007 in a trash can at the Pilot Travel Center on Highway 231 in Lebanon.

Criminal Court Judge John Wootten Jr., on Monday continued the case and set a status date for Aug. 18 at 9 a.m.

Mendenhall did not appear in court and is already serving a life sentence at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville for the June 26, 2007 death of Sarah Nicole Hulbert, 25, of Nashville, who was found dead of gunshot wounds at a truck stop north of Nashville.

During police questioning, 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 to be a “copycat” crime, designed to lead police to believe the killer was still at large.

Mendenhall was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.

 

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