0

Suwanee slaying suspect charged in Tenn. case

LEBANON, Tenn. - While Suwanee police remain closed-lipped about an investigation into an Illinois truck driver's connection to a slaying there, authorities in Tennessee have filed a third set of murder charges against the man.

Suwanee authorities said Thursday they are still awaiting DNA testing from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to see if it links driver Bruce Mendenhall, 56, of Albion, Ill., to the Jan. 29 slaying of Debra Ann Glover, 43, of Atlanta.

Glover's body was found behind a Motel 6 on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Meanwhile, police in Lebanon, Tenn., have filed murder charges against Bruce Mendenhall, 56, of Albion, Ill., who Nashville police say confessed to six killings in several states, including Georgia.

Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said previously the department sent a detective to Tennessee on July 16 to meet with Nashville detectives and discuss Mendenhall's confession of the slaying.

At the time, Byers said, investigators would be reviewing the confession tapes and doing an investigation into Mendenhall's company driving record.

Byers was out of town and unavailable for comment Thursday.

Mendenhall was taken to Wilson County, Tenn., on Tuesday to be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of Symantha Winters, 48, of Nashville, Tenn., police said. Her body was found June 6 stuffed in a trash can at a truck stop in Lebanon, 26 miles east of Nashville. She had been shot.

Last month, Nashville police arrested Mendenhall and charged him with criminal homicide in the death of Sara Nicole Hulbert, 25. She had been found dead with gunshot wounds June 26 at a truck stop along Interstate 24 in Nashville.

A police detective had gone to the truck stop July 12 to conduct a follow-up interview in the investigation of Hulbert's death. When he got there he saw a truck fitting the description of a vehicle that was spotted the night before Hulbert's body was found.

The detective said the driver, Mendenhall, appeared nervous when being questioned and granted permission to look inside his truck.

Mendenhall was taken into custody when the detective spotted what appeared to be blood in the cab, police have said.

Since then, police in Birmingham, Ala., also have filed murder charges against Mendenhall in the death of 44-year-old Lucille 'Gretna' Carter.

Investigators said she was shot with a .22-caliber weapon and dumped nude next to a trash bin on a service road. She was found July 1 with plastic bag over her head and duct tape around her neck.

Mendenhall is being held without bond in Nashville.

Law enforcement agencies across the country have contacted Nashville investigators to learn if Mendenhall could be involved in unsolved killings in their areas. The FBI has been creating a timeline of Mendenhall's travels during his 20 years as a trucker to determine other cases in which he could be a suspect.