Charges com­ing in killing of U.S. woman in Gre­nada

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

ST. GE­ORGE’S, Gre­nada — A man ac­cused of killing a tourist from Ge­or­gia in a ma­chete at­tack on an iso­lated beach in Gre­nada made his first ap­pear­ance Wed­nes­day be­fore a judge on the Caribbean is­land to face a charge of cap­i­tal mur­der. Dave Martin Ben­jamin did not en­ter a plea and was not given an op­por­tu­nity to speak in the brief hear­ing. A lawyer has not yet been ap­pointed to rep­re­sent him. The 27-year-old could get the death penalty if con­victed. Martin is sus­pected in the ma­chete at­tack on Jes­sica Colker and her hus­band, Brian Melito along a beach on the south­east of the is­land. Au­thor­i­ties have not dis­closed a sus­pected mo­tive in the at­tack that killed the 39-year-old physi­cian’s as­sis­tant who lived in At­lanta. Po­lice said ear­lier that Martin was con­victed of rob­bery and bur­glary in 2009 and of a rape in 2013. He was re­leased early from prison in Novem­ber.

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