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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.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - December 09: Attorney Kristen Nelson ,left, and an El Paso County Sheriff's deputy along with defendant Robert Dear Jr. stand for a recess during a court appearance on December 09, 2015 where El Paso County prosecutors filed formal charges against him in the Planned Parenthood attack during which University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, Iraq war veteran Ke'Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, mother of two were killed on November 27, 2015. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post
Jacolby Hasan Williams
Jacolby Hasan Williams
Glen Law Galloway, the ex-Fort Carson soldier at the center of El Paso County's first death penalty trial in a decade, has asserted an eleventh-hour conflict with his defense team.
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Opening statements at the double-murder trial of former Fort Carson soldier Glen Law Galloway are expected to begin at 9 a.m. Monday.