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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

Sylvester, GA (WALB) - Nearly two years after the body of a Worth County truck driver was discovered in a shallow grave, his stepson will stand trial today for his murder. Chris Szorcsik and his mother, Charlene Bentley, were charged in the 2007 slaying of 33-year-old Richard Bentley. Authorities say he was stabbed to death.

Chris Szorcsik is facing 2 counts of murder and aggravated assault. He confessed to murdering Richard Bentley in March of 2007 before he lead authorities to a wooded area where his stepfather was buried.

It was a gruesome killing that left many in the community shocked. Investigators say Bentley, who was 33-years-old at the time of his murder, disappeared from his Flint Lane home on the night March 4, 2007. That was the same night Chris Szorcsik went to the hospital with cuts on his hands. 

Bentley's wife, Charlene, never reported her husband missing. It wasn't until March 8, 2007 that Bentley's mother reporting him as a missing person - prompting a search by law enforcement. Both Charlene Bentley and her son were jailed on drug charges, but a confession from Szorcsik lead to murder charges for both mother and son. Bentley's body was found in a field about 2 miles from his home on March 17, 2007. Investigators say he had been stabbed multiple times.

Charlene Bentley is currently serving a life sentence at Pulaski State Prison. She plead guilty to charges of malice murder in October. 

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