The murder charge against a Johnson City man accused of killing a woman then dumping her off Butler Bridge was increased from second-degree to first-degree murder, with the presentment served on him Tuesday.
Steven Odell Bennett, 30, was originally charged with second-degree murder for the death of Vonda Donaldson in September. That’s also the charge he was bound over on after a preliminary hearing in Washington County General Sessions Court in October.
But after prosecutors reviewed their case further, they decided to take the grand jury an increased charge of first-degree murder.
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