Tennessee authorities to pursue death penalty against Mendenhall

| 5/2/2008

Tennessee prosecutors say, if given the chance, they’ll pursue the death penalty against accused serial killer Bruce Mendenhall – a former trucker from Illinois accused of killing at least four women.

If Mendenhall is convicted, the Davidson County prosecutor’s office says it will seek the death penalty against him for the alleged murder of Sara Nicole Hulbert, whose body was discovered June 26, 2007, at a Nashville truck stop.

The Associated Press reported that Susan Niland, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, said jury selection is set for Jan. 26. Mendenhall pleaded not guilty to the charges.

An Indiana prosecutor has also charged Mendenhall with murder in the July 12 murder Carma Purpura, 31, The AP reported. That charge was based on blood evidence seized from a bag in Mendenhall’s truck.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer