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TRIAL OF ESCAPEE WHO SURRENDERED IS DELAYED

State Supreme Court Justice Mario Rossetti today delayed the start of Adam Bennefield's kidnapping trial and ordered psychiatric testing of the 22-year-old man who staged a short-lived escape from Alden Correctional Facility over the weekend.

Bennefield's lawyer said he plans to seek further trial delays until his own psychiatrists can examine him.

Bennefield gave himself up to Buffalo police about 5 p.m. Saturday at the Alma Avenue home of a friend after he locked himself in the flat, cut his wrists with a kitchen knife and threatened to blow up the building with fumes from a gas stove.

Alan D. Goldstein, Bennefield's attorney, said he will ask the judge Tuesday for further delays because of the publicity in the case. Goldstein also wants mental experts to examine his 22-year-old client prior to the start of further proceedings in the kidnapping case.

Bennefield, a Cornwall Avenue resident, was jailed last March after allegedly abducting an estranged girlfriend and her woman friend at gunpoint from a car the two women were in on the Kensington Expressway and forcing them to drive to Grand Island and back with police cars chasing them.

According to jail officials, Bennefield climbed over a 15-foot-high fence topped with razor wire ran away.

About four dozen officers from a number of local police departments, aided by K-9 dogs, were involved in the search that tracked Bennefield to Alma Avenue Saturday.

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