Carter County man charged with 2017 murder of elderly woman up for death penalty

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A Carter County man charged with the murder of an elderly woman is up for the death penalty, and recently saw his trial get moved to 2020. 

Chad Benfield, 45, is currently being held in the Carter County Dention Center after being charged with the murder of 89-year old Mary Nolan in 2017 in the Stoney Creek Community. . 

Benfield appeared in Carter County Criminal Court on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and saw his trial date get moved to Jan. 6, 2020. The court case is expected to last from Jan. 6-17. 

Officials with the Carter County Criminal Court added that the motion hearing for Benfield is expected to take place March 26. 

The state announced two months ago they will seek the death penalty against Benfield. 

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