Teen charged in mayor's moped road-rage case
The Galveston County District Attorney's Office formally filed charges today against a teen-age driver accused of assaulting League City Mayor Toni Randall during a road rage incident in May.
Denshay Benson, now 18, is charged with deadly contact with a vehicle and assault with bodily injury, said Ted Weems, the office's chief of misdemeanors. He had already been arrested by Clear Lake Shores police on those charges in May and posted $10,000 bond.
The six-month delay in filing formal charges against Benson had been because the district attorney's office hadn't received all of Randall's medical records from the incident. But it recently received those records after Randall returned from a trip, Weems said.
The medical records had significant evidence of bodily injury," Weems said.
In May, Randall accused Benson, then a 17-year-old getting ready to graduate from Clear Creek High School, of using his sports utility vehicle to force her moped off the road. Police said he then knocked her to the ground as they argued in Clear Lake Shores. Benson's girlfriend, a witness, told the Houston Chronicle that Randall made racial slurs against him during the incident.
The next step in the case will be for Benson to make a court appearance once a date is set by the court coordinator, Weems said.
We will begin negotiations or preparation for a trial," he said.
If the case goes to trial, it would be next year, Weems said.
We're ready to go forward full steam," he said.
Reached Friday morning, Benson's mother, Candace Ford, said she and her son had no comment on formal charges being filed against him.
A message left for Randall on her cell phone was not immediately returned. She has declined repeated requests to discuss specifics of the incident.