Accused serial killer charged with murder plots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An Illinois truck driver accused of killing at least four women in three states has been booked on a grand jury indictment of five counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

The indictment announced on Monday by Nashville police charges Bruce Mendenhall with seeking to arrange the murders of Nashville police detectives, Sgt. Pat Postiglione and Lee Freeman, and three witnesses while in jail.

Mendenhall, 57, a truck driver from Albion, Ill., is charged with the June 26, 2007 shooting death of Sara Nicole Hulbert, 25, whose body was found at a truck stop along Interstate 24 in Nashville.

He was arrested by detectives the following month and has since been charged with killing three other women in Lebanon, Tenn., Indianapolis, and Birmingham, Ala.

He remains a suspect in at least two other homicide cases in Indiana and Georgia.

Mendenhall has been held without bond since his arrest.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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