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SS CHARGES DROPPED

A federal judge Monday dismissed charges of Social Security card fraud against a man charged in the death of his former chess partner in Salt Lake.

Robert Eugene Bennett, 51, was being held on the federal Social Security charge when he was charged last week with second-degree murder in the death of Larry Duane White.White's severed legs were found in a grocery store trash container in February. Last week, authorities found his head and torso buried in the yard of a home Bennett once rented.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Lubeck said he filed the motion to dismiss the federal charges to allow the county attorney's office to proceed with the murder case.

Bennett, also known as Joe King Bennett and Roy William Anderson, is thought to be the last person to see White alive. The two played chess together occasionally and were scheduled to start work at a Salt Lake telemarketing company the week White disappeared.

Bennett is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. Bennett's scheduled arraignment on the murder charge Tuesday before 3rd Circuit Judge Philip Palmer was postponed.