Murder Trial of Faculty Member Postponed Again

By Bridge Staff|December 29, 2015News|

The murder trial of former PCC faculty member Lynn Benton has once again been postponed by Clackamas County Judge Kathi Steele.  Lynn Benton, who used to teach for PCC’s Emergency Dispatch program (9-1-1- operators) is charged with the murder of his wife in 2011.  The latest delay is because a cell-mate of Benton has claimed that Benton confessed to him.  The defense is challenging this testimony as an effort by the informant to be pardoned from jail time in exchange for his testimony.

According to The Oregonian/Oregon Live, Benton, is accused of aggravated murder and conspiring to kill his wife, Debbie Higbee-Benton. Her body was found in the back of her Gladstone beauty salon on May 28, 2011. She had been shot, beaten and strangled.

The couple married in 2010, while Benton was undergoing a female-to-male sex change. This gender change caused marital problems.

Benton and two alleged accomplices, longtime friend Susan Ellen Campbell and Jason Jaynes, who is Campbell’s son, were charged with the murder. Benton has been in custody for three years.

Earlier reporting on this story that appeared in The Bridge:

Murder Trial of PCC Faculty Member has yet another twist. 

Updates in Lynn Benton Murder Case. 

Faculty Murder Case has Angry Judge. 

Details Emerge in case of PCC Faculty Member charged with Murder. 

Ex-PCC faculty member faces murder charge. 


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