Tommy Benton enters the courtroom for his murder trial on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Benton is charged with murder, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count each of first-degree arson and third-degree arson for the slaying of 68-year-old Charles Bryant Smith on April 29, 2014. Benton and two others are accused of terrorizing Smith over an 11-day span with the final encounter leaving Smith handcuffed, beaten, doused with gasoline and set on fire.
Tommy Benton enters the courtroom for his murder trial on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Benton is charged with murder, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count each of first-degree arson and third-degree arson for the slaying of 68-year-old Charles Bryant Smith on April 29, 2014. Benton and two others are accused of terrorizing Smith over an 11-day span with the final encounter leaving Smith handcuffed, beaten, doused with gasoline and set on fire. Janet Blackmon Morgan jblackmon@thesunnews.com
Tommy Benton enters the courtroom for his murder trial on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Benton is charged with murder, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count each of first-degree arson and third-degree arson for the slaying of 68-year-old Charles Bryant Smith on April 29, 2014. Benton and two others are accused of terrorizing Smith over an 11-day span with the final encounter leaving Smith handcuffed, beaten, doused with gasoline and set on fire. Janet Blackmon Morgan jblackmon@thesunnews.com

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