Hearing continued again in double murder case

By Jennifer Bartlett

Miner Staff Writer

KINGMAN ­ The omnibus hearing for Robert "Bull" Benjamin, charged with two counts of first-degree murder, was continued again Monday. Superior Court Judge James Chavez continued the hearing to allow additional time for the prosecution to respond to motions filed by defense attorney Daniel DeRienzo of Prescott Valley concerning Benjamin's mental status.

Chavez denied DeRienzo's initial motion for a psychological examination of Benjamin in early November because he failed to notify the prosecution in time. DeRienzo is seeking a medical opinion to determine whether or not his client is capable of assisting in his own defense.

DeRienzo said he filed new motions Friday afternoon, although neither Chavez or Mohave County attorney Derek Carlisle had received them yet.

DeRienzo also said he is still waiting for the final ballistics report. Carlisle said he had not received them yet but would get them for the next hearing date.

Benjamin, 43, of Golden Valley is charged with the June shooting deaths of Andrea Lynn Eklund, 34, and Robert Al Reichenbacker, 44, both of Kingman. Witnesses say they saw Benjamin at the residence just prior to the call of gunshots fired. Chavez rescheduled the hearing for Jan. 4 at 1:30 p.m.