Evidence Portion Of Murder Trial In Johnson County Comes To A Close

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.

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It was not self defence shes

It was not self defence shes the one who wanted him to come over! Im glad they convicted her but i wish it would have been for 2nd degree murder not 1st but atleast she will be behind bars where she belongs! Not only did she take a father from his kids, who have no one else in their lives, she also made sure that her kids wont have a mother in their lives either! Who cares if she was abused she had other options rather then killing him. Like stay the hell away from him instead of calling him to come over! That screams planned murder to me not self defence! I hope they give her the max with no parol so she has time to realize exactly what she has taken from all of the kids in that family!!!


Mr. Tate is one of Sheridan County's finest attorneys. I have faith in him and the justice system.

Buffalo Murder Trial

RJones, you don't like anyone do you?

I really hope justice is

I really hope justice is served.

Hardley first rate tate,is a

Hardley first rate tate,is a regular perry mason.

Mr. Tate has helped me in

Mr. Tate has helped me in many ways and I have been by his side in some hard cases. RJones, if you can do it better, by all means have at it.


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