Bertha Reinen, daughter of Elizabeth Leiberman Reinen, murdered by step-father George Benz JR
of the he is BENZ TRIAL BEGINS -ON -ON MURDER CHARGE Brooklyn Man Accused of Killing His Stepdaughter, Bertha Reinen. NEW YEAR'S EVE TRAGEDY, Said to Hare Been Lying in Wait for Wife, From Whom He Was Separated. George Benz, 62 years old, of Brooklyn, who, it Is alleged, shot and killed his 14-year-old 14-year-old 14-year-old 14-year-old 14-year-old stepdaughter, Bertha E. Reinen, when she tried to protect her mother from attack early on New Year's morning morning in Evergreen, was placed on trial before County Judge Humphrey in Queens this morning. John B. Merrill appears as attorney for Benz, and Assistant District Attorney Dana Wallace appears for the people. The selection of a jury will probably take up all of today. It is expected that the defense will be that Benz was so Intoxicated when he committed the act that be didn't know what he was doing. The shooting occurred after a watch party on New Year's Eve, when Mrs. Benz and her daughter were returning to their home, 283 Grove street. Evergreen, Queens, wllere they had been living apart from Benz. They were accosted by Benz at Cypress avenue and Grove street. U Is Bald that he had been lying In wait for his wife all the evening. An insulting remark was made to the wife by her husband,' it is alleged, after which Bertha told her stepfather that he should be ashamed of himself for annoying annoying her mother as be did constantly. "Mind your own business, you little brat with a sassy tongue," Benz Is said to have told Bertha. He then pulled a revolver from his pocket and fired at Mrs. Benz. The shot- shot- went wild, and before before a second could be fired, little Bertha threw herself in front of her mother to protect her, and tried to push the half crazed man away. He then shot twice in rapid succession, both shots taking effect in Bertha's right temple. She dropped to the pavoment. and Benz fled up tlic street. When Benz was arrested at his home with two children by a former marriage Bt 1510 Gates avenue, he was found fully dressed, feigning sleep on the bed. It Is said that he admitted the shooting, shooting, but expressed regret that his stepdaughter stepdaughter was the one shot lntsead of his wife. meu-.