Man who allegedly drove to Maine to kill wife to be held until trial

Posted Dec. 11, 2012, at 6:41 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Missouri man prosecutors say drove to Maine with a car full of guns intending to kill his estranged wife has waived his right to a detention hearing and will be held until trial.

Benjamin Lee appeared in U.S. District Court in Portland on Monday to face two counts of interstate stalking.

The Portland Press Herald reports that when the judge asked him whether he was sure he wanted to waive a right to a detention hearing, Lee replied “that’s fine” and said he came to Maine to “re-establish” himself.

The 52-year-old Lee was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

Lee’s attorney says his client is disabled.

Lee was arrested in September after driving past his wife’s home. Police say he had five guns and other weapons in his car.

 

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