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Darien Meheux Found Guilty In Murder Of Jasmine Benjamin [GALLERY]

By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
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Winnie Anne Wright
January 17, 2014, 6pm

A Lowndes County jury reached a verdict today in the murder trial of Darien Meheux.

"This young man is innocent," said Steve Roberts, Defense Attorney. "He's got good character. He's got good family. He's got absolutely no reason to have done what they accuse him of doing."

"Give him the exact consideration that he gave her. Because ladies and gentlemen, that's all he deserves," said Tracy Chapman, Assistant District Attorney.

Meheux was convicted of the November, 2012 strangling death of his ex girlfriend, Jasmine Benjamin. Shortly after the verdict was read, he asked the court to sentence him. During sentencing, he took the opportunity to attack the victim, which led to an outburst in the courtroom.

"Please let me finish," said Meheux.

Benjamin's family says they are happy with the decision of the court and are ready to begin the healing process.

"There are no more weddings to go to. No graduations to go to," said James Jackson, Benjamin's stepfather.

Meheux's family did not comment during the trial.

Meheux was sentenced to life in prison.


Winnie Anne Wright
January 17, 2014, 5pm

A jury convicted Darien Meheux of strangling 17-year-old Jasmine Benjamin back in November 2012.

A judge sentenced him today to life in prison.

Meheux read a statement before sentencing, and one court official called it "the least remorseful apology" she's heard in 31 years.

"Jasmine was an amazing person," read Meheux. "She was special and I cared about her a lot. I loved Jasmine. I loved being with her. But I was not in love her. I love Mrs. Jackson. I love her daughters, all of them."

Benjamin's family say the agree with the jury and judge's decision, adding they look forward to the next step in the healing process.


Winnie Anne Wright
January 17, 2014, 3:45pm

The judge will sentence Meheux today. Stay tuned for more details.


Winnie Anne Wright
January 17, 2013, 3pm

Darien Meheux has been found guilty in the murder of 17 year-old Jasmine Benjamin, a Valdosta State University freshman found dead in November 2012.


Winnie Anne Wright
January 17, 2014, 10am

Valdosta, Ga. -- The closing arguments have begun in the trial of Darien Meheux, accused killer of VSU freshman Jasmine Benjamin.

Benjamin was found dead in Georgia Hall on the school's campus in November of 2012. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the cause of death was asphyxiation.

According to the GBI, then 18 year-old Meheux turned himself in after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest.


Winnie Anne Wright
January 16, 2014

Valdosta, GA - Darien Meheux is charged with the November 2012 murder of VSU freshman Jasmine Benjamin. Today the jury heard from Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent, Mike Callahan. Callahan answered questions about the crime scene and investigation that took place in Georgia Hall on the school's campus.

The defense called multiple character witnesses including high school classmate and friend of both the victim and Meheux, Nita Joshi. Joshi read aloud text messages between her and Benjamin where the victim said "not even my home is safe". And because of Meheux, she was "on edge in her own building."

Another powerful witness called by the defense was Corey Hancock. Hancock testified that he saw Benjamin on November 17, 2012 between 9 and 11PM, leaving for a fraternity party. The autopsy says Benjamin died between 3 and 5PM. Prosecution asked Hancock if he thought the medical examiner lied about the time of death and followed with "How was she at a party when she was dead?" Hancock replied, "I don't know, but I saw her." The trial is expected to continue through the rest of the week.


Winnie Anne Wright
January 15, 2014

Valdosta, GA - Meheux is being tried for the murder of 17 year-old Jasmine Benjamin, a Valdosta State University freshman.

Benjamin was found dead in Georgia Hall on the school's campus in November of 2012. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the cause of death was asphyxiation. According to the GBI, then 18 year-old Meheux turned himself in after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest.

According to Assistant District Attorney, Brad Shealy, multiple witnesses were called to the stand, including Jazmine Young and Robin Carter, friends of the victim who knew the pair's troubled past, Brandon Pruitt, a friend of the defendant who testified Meheux explained the cause of death before the autopsy was released, and fellow inmates, Gregory Fields and Maurice Golden, who claim Meheux told them he killed Benjamin out of anger and "just snapped."

The trial is expected to continue through the rest of the week.


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