Police say Denzel Benson left man in hot van while playing basketball

Man Accused of Neglecting Special Needs Man Requests Bench Trial

By Eric Dutkiewicz

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - A Fort Wayne man charged with felony neglect of a special needs man has asked for a bench trial.

Denzel Benson was fired from Anthony Wayne Services in March after police say he locked Jerry White, 53, in a van on an 83° day while Benson went to play basketball.

Benson's request for a bench trial, rather than a jury trial, means Allen County Judge Wendy Davis will render a verdict in the case.

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