Mount Eden man charged with attempted murder back in court

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By Shannon Brock

A Mount Eden man accused of shooting at and pistol-whipping his girlfriend in March 2012 appeared in Spencer Circuit Court for a hearing Thursday.
Benjamin W. Mobley, 59, of the 2100 block of Murphy Lane, was indicted in early December 2012 on charges of criminal attempted murder, second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.
His nephew, Sammy “Frankie” Mobley, 37, of Waddy, was also indicted in early December on a first-degree wanton endangerment charge after he allegedly attempted to run over Benjamin Mobley’s girlfriend with his motorcycle during the same incident.
Sammy Mobley was also in court Thursday for a hearing.
Both have entered not guilty pleas.
Special Prosecutor Christie J. Foster told Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman that the discovery in the case has been tendered and that she has been in preliminary settlement negotiations with the Mobleys, but was not at a point to proceed with a settlement on Thursday.
Both Mobleys are now set to appear for pretrial conferences on June 7 at 10 a.m.
Robert Bishop, attorney for Sammy Mobley, entered an oral motion for a speedy trial during Thursday’s hearing and said he planned to follow up with a written motion.