Accused serial killer Mendenhall to face judge next week on new charges

| 8/21/2008

Video footage of accused serial killer Bruce Mendenhall shows the former truck driver calmly answering a judge’s questions with messy hair and pursed lips.

Mendenhall was indicted this week on charges of solicitation of murder for five individuals connected with his prosecution in another case. Mendenhall faces a jury trial in Tennessee in January on charges of abducting and slaying Sara Nicole Hulbert.

Mendenhall has been in jail in Davidson County, TN since July 2007 after being charged in the deaths of three other women, Symantha Winters, Lucille “Gretna” Carter, and Carma Purpora.

In relation to the new charges, according to Nashville Police, after his arrest, Mendenhall asked for help to kill Nashville officers Sgt. Pat Postiglione, homicide Detective Lee Freeman and three unnamed witnesses in the case.

Mendenhall is scheduled to appear before Davidson County Circuit Judge Steve Dozier for arraignment at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Mendenhall, 57, is a one-time mayoral candidate who reportedly engaged his family in frequent arguments in his front yard at his home in Albion, IL.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer