A jury of 5 women and 4 men stepped into the deliberating room at 11:30 this morning to decide the fate of Lenny Bennette Benguche whose trial for maim commenced in the Supreme Court of Justice Troadio John Gonzalez since Monday of this week.
They came back out his eveing at 4:30 with a guilty verdict. Lenny Bennette Benguche also goes by the name Andrew Bennette and is somewhere between the ages of 27-32. He is known to give the court and police several names and dates of birth.
This was the second time that Benguche was on trial. Back in 2010, he was found not guilty of attempted murder of his ex-common law wife, Christina Zetina, but the jurors were dead lock on a verdict for maim. The trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial was ordered.
But this evening, the jury found Benguche guilty. In Zetina’s testimony at the start of the trial, she told the court that on January 29, 2008, about 8:30 p.m., she and her common-law husband, Kareem Young were riding bicycles when she saw her ex-common-law husband, Lenney Bennette at the Chinese Shop in the Japan area.
As they rode past Bennett, she heard a gunshot and realized she was shot in the left leg.
She said she looked around and saw Bennette holding a black firearm with both his hands. Her testimony was collaborated by that of her common-law husband, Kareem Lopez. Zetina’s foot had to be amputated due to the gunshot injury. Bennett will be sentenced next week Friday, February 28.