Trial to begin for first defendant in P.T. Cole park murder - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

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) Packed courtroom as judge announces trial will begin. Bendy not pictured. (Photo Source: KLTV Staff)
Dennis Bendy (Source: Tyler Police) 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.

Dennis Bendy is charged with the murder of 20-year-old Briana Young. Young and her toddler were at Tyler's P.T. Cole Park in the summer of 2013 when investigators say Young was caught in a rival gang crossfire and killed.
Police believe that Bendy accompanied Rakheem Lamone Goldstein to the park, looking for a rival gang member. 

Goldstein and another man, Elisha Juwan Williams, are still awaiting trial on first degree murder charges.

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Hattiesburg contracts company to help promote within fire department

    Hattiesburg contracts company to help promote within fire department

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:08 PM EST2018-02-21 04:08:44 GMT
    The City of Hattiesburg will have the help of Texas-based company for promotional testing.  Source: WDAM.The City of Hattiesburg will have the help of Texas-based company for promotional testing. Source: WDAM.

    The City of Hattiesburg will now turn to a Texas company to help promote individuals within the fire department.

    More >>

    The City of Hattiesburg will now turn to a Texas company to help promote individuals within the fire department.

    More >>
  • Charges filed against Petal student who made social media threats

    Charges filed against Petal student who made social media threats

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:58 PM EST2018-02-21 03:58:44 GMT
    Student responsible for threat charged. (Photo source: WDAM)Student responsible for threat charged. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Petal schools have found the middle school student responsible for making dangerous threats on social media to harm students. That student has been charged. 

    More >>

    Petal schools have found the middle school student responsible for making dangerous threats on social media to harm students. That student has been charged. 

    More >>
  • WDAM has learned the Lumberton Police Chief suddenly resigned

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:54 PM EST2018-02-21 03:54:49 GMT
    Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. (Photo source: WDAM)Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM has learned Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. Flynt was appointed as the city's police chief back in September 2017. According to the Lumberton Police Department, Flynt recently put in his resignation.

    More >>

    WDAM has learned Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. Flynt was appointed as the city's police chief back in September 2017. According to the Lumberton Police Department, Flynt recently put in his resignation.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly