Man arrested in shooting death of Mayor Benjamin's brother-in-law

Charlotte ObserverDecember 10, 2013 



  • Statement from the Gist/Benjamin families

    “We would like to thank Mayor Cannon, Chief Monroe and the men and women of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for their swift action in identifying and apprehending this dangerous criminal so that he can answer for the life he has taken and the pain he has caused our family. We have a long way to go yet, but this is an important step in the right direction not only in helping ease our grief but in making sure that this individual can never hurt another family the way he has ours.

    “We would also like to thank the people of Charlotte and Columbia and all those who have offered their prayers and support throughout this ordeal. Your kindness has been a source of strength for us all and we are eternally grateful.”

    Released by the City of Columbia

— The man wanted in connection with last Friday’s slaying of the brother-in-law of Columbia’s mayor was arrested Tuesday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say.

Arthur Givens, 40, was taken into custody without incident at a residence on Echodale Drive, off Nations Ford Road in southwest Charlotte, according to police.

Investigators say Givens is charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats, according to police.

Gist, 38, was shot and killed Friday afternoon in the 2100 block of Beatties Ford Road near LaSalle Street in northwest Charlotte.

He is the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

Police said the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting wasn’t a random act, as the assailant and the victim appear to have known each other.

It’s not clear why Gist was in Charlotte. Police have not said where he was from, but a public records search shows his most recent address was in Columbia.

Records show in the late 1990s that Givens served about three years in a North Carolina federal prison for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

He has an extensive violent arrest history that includes convictions for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, use of a firearm during drug trafficking, weapon offenses, felony drug offenses and probation violations, police said.


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