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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.

Raymond Demon Brown
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)
Maxwell Mayo Garihan.
Maxwell Garihan, 59, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alan Havens, 57, and the attempted murder of his estranged wife.
Top row from left to right: Gustavo Marquez, 19; Diego Chacon, 18; Joseph Arthur Rodriquez, 18; Marco Antonio Garcia-Bravo, 20; Alexandra Marie Romero, 21. Bottom row from left to right: Endo Velarde, 17; Carlos Meza, 28; Breeana Dahlbert, 20; Angelita Prado, 21; Alander Wilson, 43. (By KKTV)
Scott Komatz of Seed Masters works Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to clear thick oak brush in Stratton Open Space. The City of Colorado Springs is wrapping up it's largest ever fire mitigation project with a forest restoration project in 103 acres of Stratton Open Space and 27 acres of Colorado Springs Utilities land. "We are trying to return these stands to conditions that existed 150 years ago," said city forester Dennis Will. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Lee Keyser, who admitted giving his drunken ex-girlfriend a morphine pill to help her sleep, inadvertently causing a fatal overdose, was sentenced Monday, April 10, 2017, to 90 days in jail and four years on probation. (Courtesy: CSPD)