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 selection was delayed when Bencoma changed his plea from not guilty by reason of insanity to simply not guilty.


33 Responses to Bencoma changes insanity plea to not guilty

  1. Low-Inyo May 4, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    ….maybe his lawyer can sue if his client is found guilty…and maybe one of the many things wrong with our court system nowdays….but do you REALLY think he would win a judgement on that ???…a good chance the lawyer taking that on would get slapped with a lot of court costs…where would you draw the line on a lawsuit like that,if a client is found guilty on charges,then able to sue for being found guilty ?…who would you sue ?….jury members ?….the Judge ?…the bailiff ? ..the DA or the Police Officers that arrested you ?.the jail or jailers ?..I’m thinking,in a day or so,it’ll all be a mute point….and the streets and citizens of Owens Valley…and their homes… will be and feel a whole lot safer for a very long time.

  2. Low-Inyo May 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

    …trouble….can’t be sueing the County if his client is found guilty and sitting in prison…..

    • Trouble May 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

      Yes he can sue. Happens all the time in L..A.

  3. Trouble May 2, 2017 at 6:57 am #

    I probally deserve getting beat up here for stating my personnel opinions that the law informcement was out of line here. Personally I think the guy should go to jail if he had a gun in his hands that night.
    But if you don’t think this guy’s attorney is going to sue our county, your probally fooling ypurself.

  4. mouthpiece May 2, 2017 at 2:00 am #

    Enough with the convicted felon crap! What makes you all think “He got away with” anything. He has paid his debts to society for the crimes he has committed in the past. Period. He was not on parole. No female ever flagged down or called to report domestic violence! Are these officers actions justified? Four fully armed individuals creeping around at 3:00 In the morning, unannounced, without any lights what so ever, and without an arrest warrant! It wasn’t even Bencomas home!

    • Low-Inyo May 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

      mouthpiece….ENOUGH of defending this guy,and saying he “paid his debt to society ” for what he’s done in the past…..let’s ask Kristina Bone’s family if they feel that way when he turned tail and ran from that accident 20 + years ago,to avoid penalty,when he quite possibly could’ve saved her life that night .or the countless other crimes since that he’s been able to avoid much of a penalty for..drugs,assaults,domestic violence.including high-school days when him and family picked on and terrorized others..what the hell does it got to take for you (and others ) to realize the streets and homes,and people he knows and associates with…and strangers..are better off with him off the streets….disagree ????…..check your “thumbs up-thumbs down ” tally with your post there…. he wants to live the thug-life,fine…..maybe him to do it somewhere else ( not the Owens Valley ) where he’d find out real soon what “thug ” is all about….maybe he’d last a week before he found out…..if that…..

  5. stoopid April 30, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    Fed up, the following was taken out of The Sheet News dated Sept. 6th, 2016…..
    In the course of searching for a prowler on the Bishop Paiute Reservation on the morning of Friday, August 26, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to a possible domestic violence altercation. According to the police report, deputies knew that the alleged suspect, Raymond Bencoma III, had a past record which included violence. The deputies said they walked toward the residence where Bencoma was known to be, down a dark driveway with body cameras turned off, as is procedure (a red light on the camera glows, like a bullseye in the dark). According to the report, this is what happened next: A deputy saw movement out of the corner of his eye when a motion sensor light came on and Bencoma appeared from behind an outbuilding, pointing a semi-automatic hand gun at the deputies. A deputy then fired seven rounds, striking Bencoma at least twice.

    Inyo County Undersheriff Jeff Hollowell explained that, following further investigation, there are more details than had been disclosed in the initial press release. He told The Sheet that deputies were in the Winuba Lane area responding to a call of a prowler with a flashlight, not on “routine patrol” as earlier reported. The deputies came across a female, but she left without engaging the deputies further. She did not “flag down” the deputies, as reported earlier.

  6. stoopid April 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    So what is considered a credible source? Local news? They only report the information they are given. When local newspapers are given conflicting information from the Sheriff Office, is one more credible than another? Why don’t those of you who are curious, attend court proceedings? They are open to the public. I guarantee that you will hear information that has not been disclosed by “credible sources”

  7. Kyle Crowle April 30, 2017 at 5:56 am #

    That’s “The Republic of Berkley ” to you Donald Salac…

  8. Donald Salac April 27, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    Yes Trouble, we here in Bishop still have the right of free speech. Apparently not so in Berkeley anymore.

  9. Trouble April 27, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    Fed up, I would have agreed with you, because of what this guy did to that poor girl.But I keep asking myself why the police all turned their recorders off before they shot this guy?Honestly, I think the public has a right to know.

    • Troubled April 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

      HAHAHA what are you talking about !!!???? Like they are on 24/7 and “they” turned them off to shoot someone? Good job detective!

    • Low-Inyo April 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

      Trouble….at this point…..after years and years……and years of illegal activity(after the “poor girl” incident 20 + years ago ), later domestic violence charges,assaults,,getting away with crimes and disturbances, and not seeming to care or learn from any of the “slap on the wrist ‘ penalties he got and was getting…….who cares ?

      • Low-Inyo April 28, 2017 at 8:39 am #

        Trouble.I should have finished that off saying….who cares that the cameras were (allegedly ) turned off ?

        • Trouble April 30, 2017 at 5:58 am #

          I care Inyo, two wrongs don’t make it right. Besides, the this guy may well end up getting off the hook again and be planning to sue the carp out of us tax payers for this.Time will tell.
          I remember you telling me Trump didn’t have a chance to win about a year ago.

          • Low-Inyo May 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

            trouble…..not THIS time,he ain’t gonna walk and sue the County….and as far as trump winning,we all have seen it coming for a while now….and the dumbing down of America is now complete when he was elected…doing a great job,getting a lot done that he said he would,isn’t he ???….the people that should be the maddest are the ones that believed his lies and voted for him…..enjoy,trump lap-dogs…..

    • Sasshlee April 27, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

      The recorders were not off when he was shot.

      • Pedro May 2, 2017 at 11:12 pm #


        Undersheriff Hollowell was quoted in The Sheet saying cameras were off. Do you know different?

    • Fedup April 27, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

      I’m skeptical about the info that the cops had their cameras turned off . I have only heard that piece of “info” from “mouthpiece” or others like her/him. I’ve never seen that info from a credible source only the rumor mill. If it’s true heck yes I’m curious why because I think it’s policy for cops to have them on ….but until I’ll hear or see that from a credible source I’m going to remain skeptical of ANYTHING I see.

      • Trouble April 29, 2017 at 5:00 am #

        Fed up, I am not saying the police went their to shoot this guy. All I’m saying is I don’t believe they are being honest about turning off all their recorders. I read their comments and the DA comments in one of the many local papers.
        They said they turned them off because the red light on the camera recorder put them in danger. I find it hard to believe they were searching at night without their flash lights on.

  10. Sam smith April 27, 2017 at 7:48 am #

    Sorry, trouble not Tinner.

  11. Inept April 27, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    Tinner…. Before you trash talk your local law enforcement, how about you learn to spell those “Big” words you’re throwing out there!!!!

    • Trouble April 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

      Inept, instead of talking trash about my spell checking abilities, why don’t you tell me why you think I’m wrong?

      • brian April 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

        Trouble, you never have anything positive to say. The government is corrupt, the guys innocent, its a conspiracy….blah blah blah. It must be frustrating for you to be 50, single and living in your parents basement.

        • Trouble May 1, 2017 at 6:04 am #

          You got that … backwards Brian. I work sixty hours a week and try not to ask any thing of any one. But you are almost correct on my opinion of our local justice system over all. Sorry you think so badly of me.

      • Charles O. Jones April 29, 2017 at 11:36 am #

        @Trouble, You frequently make unsubstantiated claims and accusations within your comments. Instead of asking others to prove you wrong, how about backing up your claims with some objective facts for a change?

        • Trouble May 2, 2017 at 5:57 am #

          I can see why you would say that Charles. But, I think if you would read the article about this shooting investigation printed in The Sheet, you will see that I was not the first to bring this topic up.
          I also want to say that one of our Sheriffs was quoted as saying ,”we don’t do this up here”
          I don’t regret bringing this subject up again. People have a right question our police and DA actions here. It’s almost like the law is saying this was a justified shooting ,because the guy had it coming.

          • Charles O. Jones May 3, 2017 at 6:44 am #

            Yes, questioning things is a good thing in my opinion. But questioning something is not the same as making unsubstantiated claims and accusations. Especially when such comments are often based on very limited information.

            We all have right and the expectation to be treated fairly by our law enforcement folks and our legal system. But I think they also deserve to be treated fairly. It’s a two-way street.

  12. Tinner April 26, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    It appears Bencoma and his lawyer read the comments here on the

  13. Trouble April 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    This ought to be a good .A convicted felon against a enept local justice system. And yes, I think I have a right to say that.

  14. Fedup April 26, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    So he regained his sanity ?? Doubt it . He’s pulling any stunt he can at this point . What a waste of time .

    • Rick O'Brien April 27, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

      Maybe he can put it off for 4 years and get credit for his jail time shaved off his prison term . Oh, wait….that’s already been done.

      • Buzz Killington April 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

        More Cheese with that whine, Sir?


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