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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Nozolino trial: Jury to resume deliberations Thursday in Colorado Springs sniper-shootings case

    Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Jurors deliberating the fate of sniper-suspect Bruce J. Nozolino were released Wednesday evening after their second day of deliberations. The six-woman, six-man panel is expected to resume deliberations on Thursday morning. The jury began deliberating about 10 a.m. Tuesday....

  • Jury now weighing murder, other charges against Nozolino

    Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    After roughly two months of trial, the revenge-shooting case against Bruce J. Nozolino is in the hands of a jury. The case went to the panel of six men and six women about 10 a.m. Tuesday, after a fiery rebuttal in which lead prosecutor Donna Billek urged the jury to declare "Game...

  • Closing arguments in Nozolino trial draw crowd

    Updated: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    Is he a killer driven to seek revenge by an "unrelenting desire to win" - or a patsy being dragged through the courts on the basis of "fear" and thin evidence? Attorneys on opposite sides of the revenge-shooting trial of Bruce J. Nozolino framed the case against him in starkly...

  • Nozolino decides not to testify as his murder trial draws toward a close

    Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Revenge shooting suspect Bruce J. Nozolino will not testify in his own defense, he announced Thursday as a two-month trial crept closer toward its finish. Nozolino, 52, delivered his long-awaited decision at the close of testimony, after jurors had been released for the day....

  • Nozolino trial loses another juror, Colrado Springs councilwoman testifies

    Updated: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    The jury in the case involving sniper-suspect Bruce J. Nozolino has lost another member - this time due to illness. Presiding Judge Victor I. Reyes on Tuesday released a male panelist, saying he didn't want to create further delays in testimony or risk the health of others on the...

  • Nozolino's defense suggests alternate suspects in lawyer shootings

    Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    Defense attorneys for revenge-shooting suspect Bruce J. Nozolino on Monday began putting on testimony about two men they believe could have been involved in sniper attacks on a Colorado Springs divorce lawyer. Both of the alternate suspects cited by the defense had at least one thing...

  • Nozolino trial: Homicide, 3 shootings linked, FBI agent says

    Updated: Sat, Feb 22, 2014

    An FBI agent who specializes in crime scene assessments testified Friday that a 2008 homicide and three earlier shootings in the Pikes Peak region appear to be the work of a lone sniper nursing a grudge against each victim. Supervisory Special Agent Robert J. Morton said the notion...

  • Experts: No definitive link between Nozolino's guns and four shootings

    Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    Police testing found no definitive link between guns belonging to sniper suspect Bruce J. Nozolino and four shootings in which he has been charged. Two firearms examiners testified Thursday that while some of the weapons belonging to the former Lockheed Martin contractor couldn't be...

  • Testimony: Colorado Springs police tracked Nozolino's truck, tapped his phone

    Updated: Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    Even as a grand jury secretly met to review evidence against him, police were tracking sniper suspect Bruce J. Nozolino via a GPS bug on his pickup and listening in on his phone calls. In testifying about those measures Friday, Colorado Springs police Lt. Jeff Jensen provided jurors...

  • Judge dismisses Nozolino juror for dozing, urges prosecutor to 'get to the point'

    Updated: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    A juror allegedly guilty of dozing on the job has been dismissed. A 20-year-old Colorado Springs woman was given the boot Thursday from the panel that will decide the fate of suspected sniper-shooter Bruce J. Nozolino after a judge told her that he again caught her sleeping in the...

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