The defense and prosecution rested their cases Monday in the 1st degree murder trial of 45-year-old Leah Benjamin of Buffalo. Benjamin is charged with first-degree murder after the May 3rd shooting death of her husband, Donald Benjamin.
The day wrapped up with testimony from Dana Wilson-Hill, who is a Clinical Social Worker with the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center. Wilson-Hill testified that Benjamin suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, in particular battered woman syndrome, due to years of being in an abusive relationship with her estranged husband. When cross-examined by Prosecutor Chris Wages, Wilson-Hill stated that Leah Benjamin told her that she "couldn't take another beating" when explaining her actions on the morning of May 3rd.
Defense Attorney Hardy Tate claims his client acted in self defense, while Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wages has depicted Benjamin as a woman who was unable to leave her husband, citing the fact that she followed him to Buffalo when he moved from Hulett.
Closing arguments in the case will take place Tuesday morning at the Johnson County Courthouse in Buffalo. If convicted, Benjamin could spend the rest of her life in prison.