Suspects in Lake homicide Make First Court Appearance

By Heather Michon


Two men charged in connection with a fatal shooting at Lake Monticello last month made their first court appearances on Monday (Nov 4).

Benjamin Camp, 37, of Charlottesville has been charged with one count of murder in the second degre, and Joshua Bentham-Ball, 44, of Palmyra is facing one count of entering a house to commit assault and battery.

According to the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office, the arrests came after a shooting on Axle Tree Drive at Lake Monticello on the evening of October 29.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Camp and Bentham-Ball at the residence. They also found another man, identified as Jason J. Farren, 36, dead from what was described as “multiple” gunshot wounds.

In a press release, Captain David Wells said Camp was believed to be staying at the house at the time of the incident, and that all three men were known to each other, but did not provide any further details on what investigators believe lead to the shooting.

Camp and Bentham-Ball are currently being held without bond at Central Virginia Regional Jail (CVRJ).

Both have retained attorneys and both requested bond hearings. Judge Barbara Lowe of Fluvanna’s General District Court set a date of Tuesday, November 12, when each will be allowed to make their arguments for bail.

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