Doll and Benaquist involved in 'troubled transaction' court document reveals
Submitted by Howard Owens on June 2, 2009 - 6:18pm
The girlfriend of Joseph Benaquist told authorities the night Benaquist was killed in the driveway of his Pembroke home that Benaquist and murder suspect Scott Doll had a "troubled transaction" involving two vehicles, according to court documents filed with the County Clerk's office late this afternoon.
The revelation is contained in an opinion issued by Judge Robert C. Noonan, answering several motions filed by Doll's attorneys.
Noonan denied a motion to supress evidence obtained with a search warrant issued on Feb. 20.
Benaquist's battered body was found between two blood splattered cars in the early morning hours of Feb. 17, Noonan says in his opinion. The cars were a Pontiac G6 with a flat tire and a Nissan Altima with an automobile jack at its side.
The Pontiac was tagged with license plates from a Chevrolet Malibu purchased by Doll and Benaquist, but registered to and used by Benaquist.
Benaquist, Noonan writes, was scheduled to meet with Doll hours prior to the discovery of his body, according to Benaquist's girlfriend. Phone records reveal Doll had called Benaquist earlier that afternoon.
A hearing on further motions is scheduled for June 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Read the full decision (PDF)