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Jury splits on Bencoma charges

Inyo County District Attorney press release An Inyo County Jury convicted Bishop-area resident Raymond Bencoma of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felon in possession of ammunition, but was unable to reach verdicts on charges that he assaulted four peace officers during an incident that occurred in the early morning hours […]

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Judge hands Bencoma decision over to jury

By Deb Murphy The trial of Raymond Bencoma boils down to the question of whether he knew he was pointing a 45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol at four officers walking up his driveway around 3 a.m. the morning of August 26. In her closing statement Tuesday, prosecutor Dee Shepherd maintained he did. The patrol cars approached […]

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Closing arguments expected today in Bencoma trial

By Deb Murphy Raymond Bencoma’s trial may wrap up today, Tuesday. The prosecution will have the opportunity to call rebuttal witnesses. Presiding Judge Brian Lamb will instruct the jury. The defense and prosecution will make their closing arguments and then it will be up to the jury to determine the final outcome. After two and […]

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Bencoma changes insanity plea to not guilty

By Deb Murphy Jury selection in the trial of Raymond Bencoma went into its third day today. As of this morning, Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy had no good estimate on when the trial will start. Bencoma faces multiple felony charges including assault on an office from an incident in late August. Monday’s jury […]

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Bencoma pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

By Deb Murphy Ray Bencoma has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to felony charges including assault on an officer. His trial date has been set for April 10 in Independence, according to an e-mail from Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy. According to Hardy, Bencoma will first be tried on […]

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Bencoma arraigned on several charges

Raymond Bencoma III was arraigned Thursday in Independence on cases involving an officer-involved shooting in August. According to Dee Shepherd, Inyo County Assistant District Attorney, Bencoma was arraigned on several charges, including: “MBCRF-16-60014: 4 counts of felony Penal Code section 245(d), assault on an officer; one count Penal Code section 29800, felon in possession of […]

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Inyo DA: Officer-involved shooting ‘lawful use of force’

Inyo County District Attorney press release Investigators from the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office have completed their initial investigation into the officer involved shooting involving Deputy Sheriff Ruben Bradley which occurred August 26, 2016 near Bishop. The purpose of the independent District Attorney investigation is to determine the lawfulness of the Deputy’s actions in using […]

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