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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • 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...

  • A safe, friendly corner reserved for kids in Colorado Springs courthouse

    Updated: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    At the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex in downtown Colorado Springs, there's a wing reserved for the innocent. It's tucked into a back hallway on the first floor, and while the courtrooms upstairs bustle with matters of justice and civic order, the young visitors here attend to...

  • Colorado Springs woman sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting husband 19 times

    Updated: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    A jury on Friday found an El Paso County woman guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband. Donna Raylene Anderson - also known as Kaiser-Anderson - was sentenced to life in prison without parole immediately after the jury returned its verdict in the January...

  • El Paso County woman says she shot raging husband

    Published: Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    An El Paso County woman on trial for murder told a jury Wednesday that she shot her husband 19 times in self-defense after he flew into a rage over pie crumbs. Donna Raylene Anderson, 58, said William "Bill" Coffey, 52, was "going to kill" her and possibly her 87-year-old mother after...

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