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November 17, 2018

5/11/2018 11:02:00 AM
Mendenhall to be sentenced on another charge
A Crawford County native already serving two life sentences in Tennessee is scheduled for another sentencing hearing June 5.

And even that may not be the last convicted serial killer Bruce Mendenhall sees of the inside of a courtroom.

Mendenhall, 66, was originally scheduled to be sentenced for a charge of abuse of a corpse in April. The hearing was delayed because a pre-sentencing report was not completed in time.

The charge was connection with the 2007 death of Samantha D. Winters, 48, Lebanon, Tenn. Mendenhall was convicted of killing her and abusing her remains in March. Wilson County Criminal Court Judge John D. Wootten immediately sentenced the former truck driver to life for the first-degree murder charge but delayed sentencing on the abuse charge.

Mendenhall was already serving a life sentence at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville for the 2007 killing of Sarah Nicole Hulbert.

Hulbert, 25, Nashville, was found dead of gunshot wounds at a truck stop north of Nashville, 20 days after Winters' body was found stuffed in a Lebanon truck stop trashcan.

While being questioned in the Hulbert case, Mendenhall implicated himself in both it and the Winters murder. He also implicated himself in an Alabama killing, one in Georgia and two in Indiana.

Mendenhall is also serving a 30-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder. While in jail awaiting his 2007 trial, he reportedly attempted to hire two fellow inmates to kill witnesses in the Hulbert case.

Mendenhall has been formally charged in the deaths of two other women.

His next trial is expected to be in Indianapolis for the shooting death of Carma Purpura. He also is expected to stand trial for the slaying of Lucille (Gretna) Carter, Birmingham, Ala.

He also remains a suspect in at least two other deaths, including one in Lake Station, Ind., authorities said.

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