BENEFIEL, BILL J. # 59
EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION 04-21-05 12:31 AM EST.
DOB: 06-03-1956 DOC#: 886175 White Male
Vigo County Superior Court
Prosecutor: Phillip I. Adler
Defense: Daniel L. Weber, Christopher B. Gambill
Date of Murder: February
Victim(s): Delores Wells
W/F/19 (No relationship to Benefiel)
Method of Murder:
asphyxia with superglue
case was established by a surviving victim, 17 year old
Alicia, who was kidnapped on the way to a store in Terre
Haute by Benefiel, armed with a gun and wearing a mask.
Alicia was tied-up and gagged, driven to Benefiel's home
and taken inside. During 4 months of captivity inside
Benefiel's home, Alicia was raped and sodomized over 60
times at gunpoint. Most of this time she was chained and
handcuffed to a bed. He glued her eyelids shut, put tape
over her eyes, and toilet paper in her mouth. She was cut
with a knife and beaten. After 3 months, Alicia saw a
second girl, Delores Wells, in the home. She was naked
and handcuffed on the bed, with tape over her eyes and
mouth. She later saw Benefiel beat Delores and put
superglue in her nose, then pinch it together. Benefiel
left the home for 2 hours and upon his return, confessed
to Alicia that he had killed and buried Delores. When
police knocked on the door, Benefiel stuffed Alicia into
a ceiling crawl space. The police entered with a search
warrant and rescued her. The body of Delores was found
soon after in a wooded area. An autopsy revealed injuries
to her vagina and anus, and established asphyxia as the
cause of death. (insanity defense)
Trial: Information/PC for Murder, Death Penalty filed (05-06-87); Voir Dire in Vanderburgh County (09-12-88, 09-13-88, 09-14-88, 09-15-88); Jury Trial in Vigo County (09-17-88, 09-19-88, 09-20-88, 09-21-88, 09-22-88, 09-23-88, 09-26-88, 09-27-88, 09-28-88, 09-29-88, 09-30-88, 10-01-88, 10-03-88); Verdict (10-04-88); DP Trial (10-04-88); Verdict (10-04-88); Court Sentencing (11-03-88).
Murder, Confinement (B Felony), Rape (B Felony), CDC (B Felony)
Sentencing: November 3,
1988 (Death Sentence)
b(1) Rape, Criminal Deviate Conduct
mental disease, irresistible impulse
Benefiel v. State, 578 N.E.2d 338 (Ind. September 18, 1991)
Conviction Affirmed 5-0 DP Affirmed 5-0
Givan Opinion; Shepard, Debruler, Dickson, Krahulik concur.
Benefiel v. Indiana, 112 S.Ct. 2971 (1992) (Cert. denied)
PCR Petition filed 02-28-94; PCR denied 09-03-96.
Benefiel v. State, 716 N.E. 2d 906 (Ind. September 29, 1999) (Appeal of PCR denial by Special Judge Frank Nardi, Affirmed 5-0 )
(Shepard Opinion; Dickson, Sullivan, Selby, Boehm concur).
Benefiel v. Indiana, 121 S.Ct. 83 (2000) (Cert. denied)
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed May 5, 2000 in the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana.
Writ denied 01-07-03 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young.
Benefiel v. Davis, 357 F.3d 655 (7th Cir. January 30, 2004)
(Appeal of denial of Writ of Habeas Corpus) Affirmed 3-0; Opinion
by Circuit Judge Terrance T. Evans. Judges Frank H. Easterbrook, William J. Bauer concur.
Benefiel v. Davis, 125 S.Ct. 481 (November 08, 2004) (Cert. denied).
Benefiel v. Davis, 125 S.Ct. 953 (January 10, 2005) (Reh. denied).
Benefiel v. Davis, 403 F.3d 825 (7th Cir. March 31, 2005).
Appeal of denial of Motion to Reopen habeas proceedings by U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. Affirmed 3-0.
Benefiel v. Davis, 2005 WL 85417, ___ S.Ct. ___ (April 20, 2005) (Stay Denied).
BENEFIEL WAS EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION ON 04-21-05 AT 12:35 AM EST. HE WAS THE 83RD CONVICTED MURDERER EXECUTED IN INDIANA SINCE 1900, AND 13TH SINCE THE DEATH PENALTY WAS REINSTATED IN 1977.
As of July 1, 2006