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Alpena stabbing suspect uses murder suspects’ calling card to contact victim

Submitted by on June 9, 2010 – 5:52 amNo Comment

An Alpena woman who stabbed her former boyfriend on two separate occasions wants out of jail.

A status conference and motion to amend bond hearing was held Monday for 24 year-old Alicia Marie Benac.  Benac is accused of stabbing her former boyfriend on December 27, 2009 and again on February 23, 2010.  Both times the victim refused to tell police who had stabbed him.

Benac’s attorney asked the court to drop her $10,000 bond down to a personal recognizance bond so she could get out of jail while the case proceeds toward a possible trial. 

Alpena County Prosecutor Ed Black protested the motion, saying that Benac has been convicted in the past of a third stabbing and should not be released.  In addition, Black said he has been told Benac has been calling or attempting to call the victim from jail, despite a no contact order.  Ironically, she has allegedly used the calling card of Lori Grotto on at least one occasion to mask her identity.  Grotto is in jail awaiting a trial for the murder of her former husband, who was stabbed multiple times, possibly with a screwdriver.

The request to lower Benac’s bond was taken under advisement by the court.  Benac has also asked for a psychiatric examination to determine if she is competent to stand trial and to determine criminal responsibility – that is, did she know what she was doing at the time of the stabbings and did she know it was wrong.