Opening statements Tuesday in P.T. Cole Park murder case

Defense attorneys and prosecutors will pick a jury Monday afternoon in preparation for the start of Dennis Bendy's murder trial Tuesday morning.

Bendy is one of three people accused in the murder of 20-year-old Briana Young. Young died from wounds sustained when he was caught in gang-related gun crossfire on July 30, 2013, police said.

Murder trials for Bendy's co-defendants Rakheem Goldstein and Elisha Williams were re-set for August 11.

At least thirty potential witnesses subpoenaed in the case were present in the courtroom to be sworn in for the impending trial.

The witnesses received a mandate that they not discuss the case amongst themselves or or with others. They will not be allowed to watch other witnesses testify.

Once the potential witnesses had been dismissed District Attorney Matt Bingham Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Biggs, Assistant District Attorney Lucas Machicek, and defense attorneys Rex Thomson and Don Davidson engaged in an inaudible bench conference with Judge Jack Skeen, Jr.

Skeen then confirmed with Bendy his previously stated preference to have the court, rather than the jury, assess his punishment. Bendy faces up to life in prison if he is convicted of Young's murder.

 


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