Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release: August 4, 2014
Case # 09HF1629
SANTA ANA – A graduate student at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) will face trial tomorrow for shooting and murdering his ex-wife outside of his campus apartment related to a dispute over child support payments. Brian Hughes Benedict, 40, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain and lying in wait with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2009, 30-year-old Rebecca Benedict went to pick up her 4-year-old son from Brian Benedict at his apartment on the campus of UCI on Verano Place. The couple recently attended a court hearing where the defendant had been ordered to pay child support. After the victim entered Brian Benedict’s apartment, the defendant is accused of attacking Rebecca Benedict by swinging a hammer at her head. Continue reading