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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.

Kaivion Eleby, 7, died late Friday afternoon after falling while hiking with family members near Gold Camp Road. Photo courtesy of Kaivion's family.
Prosecuting attorney Mark Hurbert speaks to the press outside the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex Monday, Feb. 4, 2018, after a partial mistrial was declared Monday on two felony extortion counts against the ex-El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. The jury acquitted him of two misdemeanor counts.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Prosecuting attorney Mark Hurbert speaks to the press outside the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex Monday, Feb. 4, 2018, after a partial mistrial was declared Monday on two felony extortion counts against the ex-El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. The jury acquitted him of two misdemeanor counts. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Eli Olivas' attempt to sue Fountain police over a July 2016 marijuana raid has been quashed. He had a license to grow 99 plants and had something like 15. Olivas is a former Green Beret who uses marijuana to treat his PTSD. Wednesday, August 23, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
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Admitted Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear Jr. has again been ruled incompetent by a judge, keeping his prosecution on hold. Gazette file photo.
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A judge Monday denied a request to set bond for one of two 13-year-old boys linked to an alleged "kill list" at Sabin Middle School in Colorado Springs, ordering that he remain in custody. (The Gazette file)
This Oct. 17, 2017 photo provided by the Colorado Springs, Colo., Police Department shows Malik Vincent Murphy, who was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his younger brother and sister and also attacking his father in their Colorado home. (Colorado Springs Police Department via AP)
Richard Bitters. Photo courtesy Fountain Police Department.
Timothy Hagins