A 22-year-old Velma man accused of killing a teenage girl in 2012 and facing the death penalty has been bound over for trial following his formal arraignment Thursday.
Miles Sterling Bench entered a not guilty plea to a first-degree murder charge in Stephens County District Court, according to court records. District Judge Joe Enos first entered the plea for Bench after the defendant expressed a lack of confidence in his court-appointed attorney, Gary Henry. However, Bench eventually entered his own plea of not guilty.
District Attorney Jason Hicks said he filed paperwork Wednesday informing the court that his office will be seeking the death penalty in the case.
Bench is accused of killing 16-year-old Braylee Rae Henry in early June 2012. The girl was found dead in a pasture in Velma near the home of Bench's grandparents, where he had been living at the time.
It is believed Henry was attacked inside the Teepee Totem Convenience Store in Velma. Bench was the clerk on duty at the store during the time of the crime.