5 men arrested in connection with investigation of 5-year-old's death - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:00 am / Updated at 10:55 am
5 men arrested in connection with investigation of 5-year-old's death

The investigation into the slaying of a 5-year-old girl has yielded two more arrests.

Police have now taken five men into custody in the case of Payton Benson, who was killed Wednesday by a stray bullet.

All of those arrested are known gang members, Douglas County prosecutors said.

Shaun R. Murph Jr. and Kevin Peak joined Adonus Moses, Vincent Hicks and Jaylen Montgomery in arraignment hearings Friday in Douglas County Court.

Bail for each was set at $1 million.

Murph and Peak met with the other three following a gunbattle at 44th Avenue and Emmet Street, said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine. Payton, inside her home, was struck by a bullet from that gunfire.

Murph, 21, was charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. Peak, 20, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

Kleine said police were conducting tests on two handguns seized from the men.

Moses, 22, Hicks, 20, and Montgomery, 18, all are charged with theft by receiving in connection with a stolen Jeep Commander. Police believe that Jeep is connected to the gunbattle.

Police on Wednesday released a surveillance photo showing three men outside a Jeep Commander. That image was recorded at J-N-J Grocery, 42nd Street and Bedford Avenue, about 10 minutes before the shooting.

Kleine said he was pleased with the progress of the investigation. "Police are working very hard and very diligently,'' he said.

Payton's parents, Marvin Benson and Tabatha Manning, and other relatives have called for the shooters to turn themselves in.

Contact the writer: Maggie O'Brien

maggie.o'brien@owh.com    |   402-444-3100    |  

Maggie is a cops and breaking news reporter for Omaha.com.

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