Jury seated for Henry trial

KINGMAN ­ It took about four hours to narrow a field of approximately 100 prospective jurors to the 14-person jury that was chosen Monday to decide the guilt or innocence of a Kingman man facing five felony charges, including first-degree attempted murder.

Judge Richard Weiss, Mohave County Attorney Jace Zack and defense Attorney Steven Glazer together questioned about 80 prospective jurors and dismissed all but 26. Late in the afternoon, they narrowed those to the 12 jurors and two alternates who will decide the case.

Benjamin Henry, 28, of Kingman has pleaded not guilty to the following charges:

• One count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault against Mohave County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Randy McNally;

• One count of aggravated assault against MCSO Deputy Rick Jantzen:

• One count of aggravated assault against MCSO Deputy Carlos Brooks, and;

• One count of theft of a means of transportation from Henry's stepfather, Earl Carter.

The charges stem from events that allegedly include Henry taking Carter's pickup truck, then later engaging in a shootout with MCSO law enforcement officers when they attempted to arrest him while he was being sought in connection with the 2004 murder of John Wurtzel, 81, of Kingman.

Henry's trial proceeds today and is expected to last until at least Thursday and possibly Friday before the jury reaches a verdict.