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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.

The suspects were arrested outside the home on the 6300 block of La Plata Peak Drive following the 4:50 p.m. shooting, Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black said. (Ellie Mulder, The Gazette)
Four of those injured have since been r
Detra Dione Farries, center, leaves the the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex with an unidentified woman following her advisement hearing Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in El Paso County Court. Farries was arrested Friday, February 25, 2011 on suspicion of manslaughter in the dragging death of tow truck driver Allen Rose. Colorado Springs police believe Farries was at the wheel of a GMC sport-utility vehicle that dragged Rose, 35, an Iraq war veteran, for more than a mile on February 23, 2011. Mark Reis, The Gazette
Sabin Middle School at 3605 N Carefree Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80917 photographed Friday, August 1, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Permanent repairs on the El Paso County courthouse are slated for Monday Aug. 7, more than six months after hurricane-force winds stripped equipment and materials from parts of the roof. (Photo via Google Maps)