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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Murdered man's widow testifies in Nozolino case

    Updated: Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    The woman whose husband was shot to death while shoveling snow outside their Stetson Hills home in November 2008 described to jurors Wednesday her frantic moments after discovering his body. Sandra Wenzloff found her husband Richard Schreiner lying face down in the snow on a...

  • Nozolino trial: Autopsy details reveal likely use of high-powered rifle in killing

    Updated: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    A man shot to death while shoveling snow outside his Stetson Hills home in November 2008 was likely the victim of a high-powered rifle, the El Paso County coroner testified Monday. Testimony by Dr. Robert Bux seemed poised to bolster the prosecution theory that all four shootings...

  • Jail informant says Nozolino confessed to Colorado Springs killings

    Updated: Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    A jailhouse informant testified Thursday that sniper suspect Bruce J. Nozolino confessed he was guilty of a homicide and three other shootings allegedly related to his contentious divorce and bragged that "no evidence" would be found. "Yeah, I fricken did it," former El Paso County...

  • Two judges discuss 'strange' behavior, unwelcome run-in with Bruce Nozolino

    Updated: Wed, Feb 5, 2014

    A retired judge testified Tuesday that he withdrew from a bitter divorce battle involving alleged sniper shooter Bruce J. Nozolino after discovering court filings signed by Nozolino on the doorstep of his Lakewood home. Among the documents left tucked behind then-Senior Judge Gaspar...

  • Nozolino's former confidant testifies

    Updated: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    Between his church obligations, his meth addiction and the hidden recording device he wore for Colorado Springs police, Curtis Gene Womack had what he called a "roller coaster" of a year in 2005. In a deal to escape prosecution for his own alleged crimes, the married father of three...

  • Colorado Springs woman pleads guilty in mother-in-law's violent death

    Published: Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    A 20-year-old Colorado Springs woman pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, admitting to brutally slaying her mother-in-law after hearing "voices" in her head. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, Ellyzabeth Joy Rainey faces 40 to 48 years in prison at her April 4 sentencing by...

  • Nozolino trial: Former Colorado Springs attorney felt 'threatened'

    Updated: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    The letter came addressed to employees of divorce lawyer John Ciccolella and relayed its promise of violence in big, block letters. "Work for Cicolela (sic) and you are the next target," it warned. "If you think the fat man in the red Expedition or the skinny guy with the spoyler...

  • Colorado Springs boy whose stepdad was stabbed to death during fight pleads guilty to assault

    Updated: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    A 15-year-old boy arrested after the fatal stabbing of his stepfather pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor assault. The boy will serve two years of supervised probation as the result of a plea agreement. In addressing the allegations Wednesday, he told a juvenile judge that he...

  • Judge testifies in Nozolino case

    Updated: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    After dismissing a string of "frivolous" court filings in a bitter divorce, El Paso County's top-ranking judge delivered what he called a "drastic" message to Bruce J. Nozolino, ordering him to pay a portion of his ex-wife's legal fees. A day later, Judge Gilbert Martinez received...

  • Detective testifies that evidence was destroyed in Nozolino case

    Updated: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    Evidence collected after a 2001 shooting into a divorce lawyer's Palmer Lake home has been destroyed, an El Paso County sheriff's investigator told jurors Monday at the ongoing trial of accused sniper shooter Bruce J. Nozolino. Gone from the sheriff's evidence storage are three...

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