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UPDATE: Dawson County man denied new trial in Hannah Bender murder case
Austin Stryker, center right, is escorted into custody after being sentenced during a December 2021 hearing to life without the chance of parole for the 2019 murder of Hannah Bender in Dawson County. - photo by Julia Hansen
The central defendant sentenced for Lumpkin County 21-year-old Hannah Bender’s 2019 murder won’t have his case heard before a jury a second time, according to a recent Dawson County Superior Court filing.