Murder suspect being sought for Sunday night shooting

Published 12:19 pm Monday, June 25, 2018

A 19-year-old Selma resident is the top suspect in shooting a woman to death Sunday night.
A warrant remains out for the arrest of Marquavious Benjamin, Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier said Monday.

The shooting happened Sunday night at 11 p.m. on the 400 block of Young Street.

Collier identified the murder victim as Breana Williams, 36, and her son, Dejour Edward, 17, was also shot.

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According to Collier, Benjamin was on the passenger side of an unidentified vehicle and shot Williams and Edward outside the complex with a long gun. Williams was shot through the back and was dead by the time she arrived to the hospital.

Edward was airlifted to a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi Sunday night. Selma Police Department Sgt. Jeffery Hardy said Edwards “is in bad shape.”

The driver of the vehicle wasn’t identified.

“Whoever was driving can be charged with capital murder,” Collier said. “The best-case scenario for the driver is he didn’t know about the shooting. The worst case scenario is he can be charged with murder. We’ll find out who the driver is.”

Collier said a motive wasn’t clear in the case.

Benjamin already has an attempted murder charge and other charges are forthcoming. On June 18, Benjamin allegedly shot Zechariah Brown, 16, at his home on the 200 block of Dedman Street. Several weeks ago, he shot Brown in the chest. He’s also connected to a recent shooting on Marie Foster Street.

“The best thing Benjamin can do for himself and the community is to turn himself in,” Collier said. “We were already looking for him. We’re confident he’s aware we’re looking for him. We won’t stop until we find him.”

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Benjamin can call either 334-410-0734 of 334-874-2190.

“We’ve been in contact with other agencies,” Collier said. “He’s considered armed and dangerous.”