Mendenhall waives hearing; will face homicide charges at jury trial

| 8/3/2007

Bruce Mendenhall chose to waive his right to a preliminary court hearing Thursday, Aug. 2, leaving prosecutors to prepare for a jury trial at a later date, according to The Associated Press.

In mid-July, Mendenhall was arrested and charged in Davidson County, TN, with criminal homicide in connection with the slaying of Sara Nicole Hulbert in late June.

Hulbert’s body was found at 12:40 a.m. on June 26 along a fence in the parking lot of a Nashville TravelCenters of America truck stop.

Mendenhall, 56, of Albion, IL, was later charged in the killing of 44-year-old Lucille “Gretna” Carter, a transient whose nude body was found July 1 near a trash bin with a plastic bag over her head and duct tape around her neck, according to The AP.

Mendenhall originally was arrested after Nashville Police Detective Pat Postiglione noticed that the driver’s yellow truck matched one from a tip related to Hulbert’s slaying, and followed Mendenhall before initiating a traffic stop. There he noticed blood on the driver’s side door of the Quality Oak Products company International truck, as well as blood on Mendenhall’s thumb.

Later, investigators found large quantities of blood in a plastic sack in Mendenhall’s cab.

Danny Davis, Mendenhall’s supervisor at Quality Oak Products, told Land Line Magazine in July that company records showed that in the case of at least two of the victims, Mendenhall was in the area.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer