Trial begins for Cambria man accused in half brother's death

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Brandon Noble Henslee

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Cambria man charged with murdering his half brother.

Brandon Henslee, 23, is accused of killing 20-year-old Tyler Hanks, who suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt-force trauma, in August 2012 at the home he shared with Henslee, their mother and her husband.

After responding to a missing persons report, investigators found Hanks’ body under a tree in a wooded area, roughly a half-mile from his home.

Henslee was charged with murder, with two enhancements: one for having a prior felony and the other for use of a deadly weapon. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Opening statements are expected to begin in San Luis Obispo Superior Court later this week.

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