Alleged truck stop serial killer sentenced in murder-for-hire case

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 12:17pm
Bruce Mendenhall

The over-the-road truck driver suspected of killing women in at least three states during his 20-year career will spend at least the next 30 years behind bars.

A Davidson County jury in January found Bruce Mendenhall guilty of murder for hire for attempting to have witnesses in his upcoming murder trial killed.

Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier today sentenced Bruce Mendenhall to serve three 10-year sentences, one for each count of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Mendenhall has been jailed in Davidson County since July 2007 when he was arrested in connection with the murder of an Ashland City woman found dead at a north Nashville truck stop. His trial in that case is set to begin May 10.

After Mendenhall’s 2007 arrest, law enforcement agencies across the country began contacting Nashville investigators to find out if he could be a suspect in unsolved murders in other areas.

He has been indicted on murder charges in Tennessee, Alabama and Indiana and is suspected in dozens more cases.

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