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Trial Set for Man Accused in Southern Illinois Teen's Death

By The Associated Press

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A trial is scheduled for this summer for a man charged in connection with the 2010 killing of a 15-year-old southern Illinois girl.  The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan reports that Chad Bennett's trial will be Aug. 5 in Perry County.  

Bennett was charged in October with first-degree murder, home invasion and burglary in the death of Sidnee Stephens, who authorities say was shot and strangled before her body was found in a creek.  Three other people who carried out the killing are serving prison terms ranging from 37 to 60 years.  Bennett has pleaded not guilty.  

A judge has said that while Bennett and a co-defendant may not have actually committed the crimes themselves, they were involved in planning or took part in the Pinckneyville girl's death.

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