Lance Benzel

Legal Affairs reporter

Lance Benzel covers legal affairs for The Gazette, with a focus on the criminal courts, and also writes a monthly mountain biking column entitled "Rider in Residence." He joined the newspaper's staff in 2008 after previous stops in Billings, Mont., central North Carolina and Chicago.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - December 09: Attorney Kristen Nelson ,left, and an El Paso County Sheriff's deputy along with defendant Robert Dear Jr. stand for a recess during a court appearance on December 09, 2015 where El Paso County prosecutors filed formal charges against him in the Planned Parenthood attack during which University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, Iraq war veteran Ke'Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, mother of two were killed on November 27, 2015. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post
Nikolas Gianes was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and is being held without bond at the El Paso County jail after the shooting death of his wife, 32-year-old Fawn Gianes. (Courtesy CSPD)