Trial to begin for first defendant in P.T. Cole park murder
Packed courtroom as judge announces trial will begin. Bendy not pictured. (Photo Source: KLTV Staff)
Dennis Bendy (Source: Tyler Police)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
The first of three defendants charged with the murder of a Tyler mother is going to trial.
Monday, both the State and defense told Judge Jack Skeen, Jr., they are ready for trial. Jury selection lasted for more than 5 hours Monday afternoon and more than 30 witnesses were sworn in. On Monday evening, the jury was sworn in.
Evidence is expected to be presented at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The defendant, Dennis Bendy, told the Judge that if a jury finds him guilty of murder, he would like the Judge to sentence him instead of the jury. If found guilty, Bendy's punishment range will be between 5 and 99 years or life in prison.