New trial denied for Worth Co. murderer

New trial denied for Worth Co. murderer
Charlene Bentley (Source: Ga. DOC)
Charlene Bentley (Source: Ga. DOC)

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - A man convicted of the 2007 murder of his stepfather appealed his guilty verdict and life sentence to the Georgia Supreme Court. On Monday, the court announced that the verdict and sentence of Chris Szorcsik was upheld, and he will stay in prison.

It took nearly two years after the body of a Worth County truck driver was discovered in a shallow grave off Spring Flats Road that, his stepson, Chris Szorcsik, stood trial for his murder.

Szorcsik and his mother, Charlene Bentley, were charged in the 2007 slaying of 33-year-old Richard Bentley, who was stabbed to death.

Szorcsik confessed to murdering Richard Bentley in March of 2007 before he led 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 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. Bentley's mother was the one who reported 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.

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

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