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Court date pending for Benjamin case

by Alexis Waters

 

An ex-VSU student charged with murder may get his day in court.

Darien Meheux, indicted by a Lowndes County grand jury for the murder of VSU freshman Jasmine Benjamin on June 3, may face trial in January or February.

The body of Benjamin, 17, was discovered in a study room in Georgia Hall late in the fall semester of 2012. A former VSU student and ex-boyfriend of Benjamin, Meheux, was arrested in January and brought to Lowndes County Jail, where he remains on a $200,000 bond.

Autopsy reports indicated that Benjamin died due to asphyxiation.

Meheux’s attorney, Tracy Chatman, has several motions pending regarding the case, including a motion to move the trial out of Lowndes County.

District Attorney David Miller, of the Georgia Southern Judicial Circuit, said pre-trial motions will be scheduled for around the third week in December.

Although a trial date is still pending; Meheux’s arrest is reassurance that Benjamin’s family and friends will soon see justice.

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