Brian Hughes Benedict Guilty of First-Degree Murder of His Ex-Wife Outside UCI Apartment

See Update No. 2 at the bottom of Page 2 on a jury today finding Brian Hughes Benedict guilty of special circumstances murder of his ex-wife. Update No. 1 detailed the trial's opening statements.

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Brian Benedict allegedly put his son in his car after fatally shooting the then-4-year-old's mother.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 5, 7:08 A.M.: Opening statements are expected this morning in the murder trial of a graduate student accused of gunning down his ex-wife outside of his UC Irvine apartment.

Brian Hughes Benedict, Grad Student Accused of Killing Ex- on UCI Campus, to Face Trial

Brian Hughes Benedict, 40, and Rebecca Benedict, who was 30 at the time of her death on Sept. 13, 2009, were embroiled in a battle over custody and child-support payments involving their then-4-year-old son. On that fateful evening, the mother went to her ex-husband's Verano Place apartment around 7 p.m. to pick up the boy.

Ryan Reynolds lookalike Benedict is accused of waiting with a hammer in hand for the mother, who is said to have run away from the apartment unit when he began swinging the tool at her. As she darted across an apartment path, Benedict allegedly chased her with a gun and eventually shot her several times, killing her.

The father is then said to have gone back to his apartment, fetched his son and strapped him into a car seat in a vehicle. But witnesses, who feared Benedict would drive away with his son, physically restrained him until police arrived.

He is charged with felony special circumstances murder for financial gain and lying in wait with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. A conviction could send him to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

God help him: giving the opening statement for the prosecution this morning in Santa Ana is Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy, who seldom loses homicide cases.


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toddsputnik1
toddsputnik1

again,,


typical self-privileged tea bagger who would have "KILLED MORE PEOPLE IF HE HAD HAD GUNS 



is going bye bye to prison



where he will be molested by his cellmate




tea bagger poetry 

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

again,,


bad people "ALLOWED" TO HAVE GUNS 


but the good people restricted by 


leftist hate



more dems against women blood on their hands

mhip
mhip

Maybe a fat, tardish Ryan Reynolds...

Toejam
Toejam

Why is he wearing a NASA space suit here?

tknight_69
tknight_69

Mom notwithstanding, the greatest loss here is for the youngster.

Bird Män
Bird Män

i used to live at VERANO place

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

There was clearly "malice of forethought"...so how was it NOT murder in the first degree? I have a bad feeling most of the "defense" is going to consist of vilifying the dead woman.

Josh Peconic
Josh Peconic

what he did wasnt right but i think there is a lot more to the story than what they are telling us.

Josh Peconic
Josh Peconic

How dare you shame me. I'm just saying it takes alot to bring someone to that boiling point.

Joe Lucero
Joe Lucero

Looks like he's already got raped in jail look

Joe Provino
Joe Provino

The family law system that is employed in that state and most of the country is flawed to a pretty good extent..now I'm not saying that is what happened, I'm saying that "maybe" it was the pressure of all that ....again....it STILL is no reason to so what he did...for the record, I blame that asshole for what he did. He was selfish. His child is gonna grow up without his parents now because he couldn't keep it together and try and find a peaceful solution to their issues.... So really, your comment is about as useless as you are right now. Good day.

Joe Provino
Joe Provino

You obviously didn't read the part of my comment that mentioned that he shouldn't of done what he did....and where exactly do I "blame" the victim...? Please, I'd love to know where in my comment it says that she was at fault... I merely made a comment that was in regard to their custody battle and in no way did I or do I condone what that guy did. You're an idiot. Next time, try understanding what you're reading before being a keyboard warrior and spouting off your mouth. You're fucking ignorant.

Judy Anderson
Judy Anderson

That wouldn't make any difference. How many times have cops been ambushed and guns didn't help. Besides, you then end up with a bunch of people shooting and no one knows the bad guy is and we end up with a bunch of dead people. Recently, two mass murderers were stopped by people who did NOT have arms.

Judy Anderson
Judy Anderson

Another idiot blaming the victim. Shame SHAME on you. I dont' give a crap what arguments happened over the kid, it does not cause someone to legally snap and it doesn't justify murder. By the way, genius, he obviously preplanned this and snapping is a crime of passion, not laying in wait. And the bastard did it in front of his kid, so he obviously didn't give a crap about him either.

Judy Anderson
Judy Anderson

What the hell is the matter with you? Your first thought is to blame the victim? Shame on you.

Joe Provino
Joe Provino

All over child support and custody...always two sides to a story..maybe she was screwing him so badly legally that he snapped....doesn't mean he should of done what he did tho...but women can be so brutal to men when it comes to child support and custody battles...sad truth.

BuzzRadio Steve
BuzzRadio Steve

I wonder if she had a restraining order? We all know how good those work! The fact that she didn't have a fair chance to be armed makes me sick! People are moving targets for these nut jobs! We need to be able to protect ourselves! Pretty sad!

David Bixler
David Bixler

Wait, did they seriously say, "Ryan Reynolds look-alike" ? Ridiculous!

Rico Fisher
Rico Fisher

D. I. V. O. R. C. E. IDOT IDOT IDOT DUMMY DUMMY STUPID STUPIDO

Derek Lucero
Derek Lucero

"Ryan Reynolds look-alike" Dafuq?? Not even close

Kelly Langley Westphal
Kelly Langley Westphal

All over child custody and child support....now the child has lost both parents....so tragic.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Financial gain? Seems more like rage to me. Why do these scumbag prosecutors overcharge? Why not an honest charge of murder in the 1st degree? They really think this guy was thinking "Gee if I kill this bish in front of a bunch of witnesses, I'll save $600 a month in child support. I'll spend that money on a new Tesla." Don't get me wrong, I think this guy should fry for what he did but don't get the weird overcharging. Seems fishy and leads to mistrust of the justice system when they pull these shenanigans.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

LMFAO

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

Nice catch, BM, it's been corrected.

Toejam
Toejam

Of course. She deserved it because she asked this asshat to man up and live up to his reaponsibilities and take care of his child like a grown up adult man would do.

Toejam
Toejam

Excuse me, but how would YOU know exactly what it would take to "bring this man to a boiling point"?  It does not take much for some people. A minor fender bender sends some people over the edge. A photobomb and a rude "excuse me" was all it took for Kim Pham to be beaten to death on a Santa Ana street. My guess is that you don't get out much. I guess you've never worked in an office with a pressure cooker co-worker or boss? I guess you never sat at your desk and witnessed raging and ranting and raving over NOTHING? I've worked with jackasses who have gone off because somebody stunk up the employee kitchen cooking fish in the microwave. I've worked with jackasses who wrote people up for being 5 minutes late. Some people have a VERY SHORT fuse and it does not take a whole hell of a lot to set them off. Take Dr. Jeffery Mac Donald for instance. That upstanding young, good looking Green Beret doctor who stabbed his wife and five year old and two year daughters to death at Fort Bragg in1970 because his older daughter wet his side of the bed. Get a clue and grow up please.

Toejam
Toejam

GOOD! I couldn't be happier. I hope the guards stood around picking their noses/texting/sexting while it happened.

Toejam
Toejam

How is the family law system "flawed" anyway? Does the fact that men are now held accountable for their children and are tossed in jail for failure to pay child support lead you to conclude that the system is "flawed"? Should men should just be able to do like the old days, buy a sports car, hide income, quit jobs, move around, skip out on paying anything and make the state take care of the child in the form of welfare, food stramps and MediCal. I guess Daddy should be able to move on, have more children, buy a nice house and cars and shirk his responsibilites? . Tell me, how do you think it makes the kid feel when Daddy screams at Mommy about paying to support the kid?  Too many people are not aware of how the real world operates. Children cost money. Nobody puts a gun to your head and forces you to have kids. Hell...even that asshat Charlie Sheen, who  has to pay out $55,000 a month to TWO different mothers for four of his kids (total of $110,000 per month), has never turned around and killed one of the women over the child support he pays.  Rot in jail loser. Prepare for Matt Murphy to hand you your ass.

Toejam
Toejam

Women are "brutal" to men in regards to child support? What a joke. The courts are "brutal" not the women you imbecile! Boo hoo! Sad truth.

Toejam
Toejam

Ummmm..you are damn right this guy was POed about the child support award. He did not want to pay! Just wonderin' why you call proscutors "scumbags"? They put bad guys in jail. I'll bet you would not refer to Matt Murphy as a "scumbag" if this murdered woman had been your sister, your friend, your cousin or your mother. Don't get me wrong. LOL.

Toejam
Toejam

"Overcharging"? Murder is murder. Dead is dead. Child grows up without mommy is still child grows up without mommy. What part of attacking somebody with a hammer and chasing her down and shooting her to death is hard for you to understand? What part of leaving a child motherless is hard for you to understand. Wait...he didn't realize that a bullit could end her life? Oh...poor guy. She left him and was "soaking" him for child support. $600.00 a month is peanuts. This guy deserves death row...no joke.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@vegandawg23 Totally agree with your statement.  I think they overcharge and then use it as bargaining leverage.  Yeah, financial gain?  Really!  Sounds like rage, which isn't that  2nd degree murder anyway.  As far as him waiting with a hammer, the victim is dead so it's doubtful they can prove that he was lying in wait.  I'm not defending him AT ALL but I think if this was premeditated murder he would have planned out his murder of her a little better and had an exit strategy that didn't include witnesses.  Sounds like an impulse killing.  I would not be surprised if jury selection excludes single dads.  Talk about one person having sympathy for him and Murphy's special circumstances case is blown!  

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@Toejam Hmm, let see.  I work 2 jobs to pay child/spousal support, and health insurance for my kid and ex.  In the mean time, my ex barely works part-time, but has time to stay out all night on weekends, go out during the week, and has a newer car than i do.  I'm also straddled with all the debt from when we were married and she was going to school full-time.  Sounds fair to me..smh.  Oh yeah, she gets to claim her on her tax return, too.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@Toejam


not exactly true


women have the upper hand in the courts system and use that fact to 


exact revenge / harass  etc


so while the pos needs to never see the light of day again


lets not get the emotions to rule

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@Toejam Sorry I try to limit my interactions online with relatively sane people so I'm not going to respond to your nonsense. Carry on.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@Toejam Toejam, you sound somewhat aggressive yourself.  All of your comments are hostile.  It's ok for people to make a comment that you don't agree with.  Calm down!  Take it easy!

Toejam
Toejam

No, acutally I won't "take it easy". Do you have any more unasked for advice for me?

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@Toejam You sound like a very defensive and hostile person.  Have you considered therapy?

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