December 10, 2013

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

The Gist/Benjamin families have released a statement following the arrest of Arthur Givens in the shooting death of Mayor Steve Benjamin's brother-in-law.

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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