'Bull' pleads not guilty to murder charges

KINGMAN ­ Robert Ronald "Bull" Benjamin, 43, of Golden Valley entered a not guilty plea in Mohave County Superior Court on Monday morning to two Class 1 felony first-degree murder charges, one count of felony theft of means of transportation, one felony count of theft and a felony theft of a weapon.

Defense Attorney Daniel Dirienzo of Prescott Valley and the Mohave County Public Defender's Office is representing Benjamin, who was arrested on June 22 by Mohave County Sheriff's detectives on a felony warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court for allegedly committing two murders in Kingman.

Judge Steven F. Conn said if Benjamin is found guilty of the two first-degree murder charges, he could be sentenced to death, natural life or life, which requires the guilty party to serve at least 25 calendar years in the Department of Corrections.

Any other guilty verdicts would add more penalties.

Benjamin was sought as the prime suspect in the shooting deaths of Andrea Lynn Eklund, 34, and Robert Al Reichenbacker, 44, both of Kingman.

The couple were found shot to death in the early morning hours of June 20 at a residence in the 4500 block of Marilyn Drive.

Witnesses told investigators they had seen Benjamin at the residence prior to the 1:47 a.m. call of gunshots that sent deputies and Kingman Police officers to the scene.

Hoover Dam Police detained Benjamin at the dam as he attempted to cross from Nevada into Arizona.

MCSO detectives drove to the dam, took Benjamin into custody and returned him to Kingman to be booked into Mohave County Jail.

Benjamin's next court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Aug. 17.