Prosecutors say Mendenhall tried to have police, witnesses killed from jail

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Monday, August 18, 2008

Police detectives spent months and likely years trying to get inside the mind of Bruce Mendenhall, who is accused of slaying multiple women he abducted from truck stops while working as a long hauler.

Those detectives, however, probably didn’t predict Mendenhall would attempt to solve his problems from jail while ordering police officers and witnesses in his case to be killed.

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

According to Nashville Police, after his arrest Mendenhall asked for help in killing Nashville officers Sgt. Pat Postiglione and homicide Detective Lee Freeman.

Mendenhall is scheduled to face trial in the homicide charges in January 2009.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com

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