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Jury selected in Bentley's murder trial

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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Chris Szorcsik and his mother Charlene Bentley were charged in the 2007 slaying of 33-year-old Richard Bentley, a truck driver who was stabbed to death and buried in a shallow grave.

 Charlene already pleaded guilty, but Szorcsik wants a jury to hear his case.

It has been almost two years since the intense search was launched for the body of 33-year-old Richard Bentley in Worth County. The truck driver was last seen alive on March 4th 2007. The same night his step-son Chris Szorcsik was treated at the hospital for cuts on his hands.

Four days later Bentley's mother filed a missing person report. On March 16th Szorcsik told deputies that he stabbed his step father several times and told the Sheriff where Bentley was buried.

The next day investigators found Bentley's body buried beneath pine straw and dirt off Binns lane, just two miles from his home.

District Attorney Paul Bowen and assistant D. A. Erica Johnson spent Monday with Public defenders Amy Stone and John Mombley picking a 12 person jury and two alternates to decide Szorcsik's fate.

145 people were dwindled down to 48 who were than brought down to 14 men and women.

Chris Szorcsik who was 21 at the time of the murder is charged with murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault. Both murder charges carry life sentences and the aggravated assault charge has a maximum 20 year sentence.

Now that 12 person jury will decide whether Szorcsik will spend the rest of his life behind bars.