Jury seated in trial of suspected truck stop serial killer

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 4:58pm

A jury was seated Tuesday morning in suspected serial killer Bruce Mendenhall's first murder trial.

The jury was selected just before lunch and opening statements started around 12:30 p.m., according to the District Attorney’s office. Witness testimony is currently ongoing in the trial surrounding Sara Nicole Hulbert’s death.

Hulbert’s body was found at a north Nashville truck stop in June 2007. Mendenhall, formerly an over-the-road truck driver, faces murder charges in Wilson County for the killing of Symantha Winters, who was also found at a truck stop — this time stuffed in a trashcan. He is also a suspect in cases from Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia.

Mendenhall is currently serving three consecutive 10-year sentences on three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. He was sentenced on those charges in January after police recorded audio of him and another inmate who wore a wire as they discussed killing witnesses in Mendenhall’s murder trial.