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BY CHELSEA BURNETTThe Wilson PostA disposition hearing is set for Monday, June 21, for the case of Bruce Mendenhall, 56, who was charged with the murder of Symantha Winters, 48, three years ago.Winters’ body was found by a maintenance worker in a trash can at a Lebanon truck stop on June 6, 2007. She had been shot to death. In addition to murder, Mendenhall was also charged with abuse of a corpse.    The hearing on Monday will be generally to determine a date for when Mendenhall’s trial will begin. Judge John Wootten will preside over the trial.Assistant District Attorney Jason Lawson, who is working with Assistant District Attorney Brian Fuller on the case, said Monday will be a “regular hearing day where we all pull out our calendars and see when is best to begin the actual trial.” Mendenhall, a truck driver from Albion, Ill., was found guilty by a jury in May of murdering of Sarah Hulbert in June 25, 2007. He was sentenced to life in prison.Hulbert was a prostitute from Cheatham County who reportedly was in Nashville to buy drugs. Her body was discovered at a truck stop in Nashville.Mendenhall has also been charged with the deaths of women in Birmingham, Ala. and Indianapolis, Ind. Authorities have said they believe Mendenhall focused on prostitutes who were at truck stops he visited. He was convicted in February of attempting to hire another inmate to kill some witnesses in the murder trial in Nashville.Staff Writer Chelsea Burnett may be contacted at chelsea@wilsonpost.com.
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