Authorities Review Payton Benson Murder Case

We're getting a clearer image of what police believe happened the morning that five-year-old Payton Benson was killed by a stray bullet a week-and-a-half-ago.

Omaha Police had several young men in custody the day after the shooting on January 15. Three of them were linked to the stolen SUV believed to have been involved in the shooting, a block from Payton’s home. They were identified as 22-year-old Adonus Moses, 18-year-old Jaylen Montgomery and 20-year-old Vincent Hicks.

On Monday we learned Omaha police believe that Jacob Brown II was behind the wheel as they sped away from the shooting scene.

We also know that Kevin Peak and Shaun Murph Jr. are in custody on gun charges somehow connected to the shooting. Prosecutors say Murph had a stolen firearm in his possession.

WOWT Six News has learned that there were three guns used that morning so that likely means three shooters. We don't know who they were.

Omaha Police met with prosecutors for two hours Monday today to review the case. Publicly, they're saying very little.

Police believe that 21-year-old Jacob Brown was driving the stolen 2007 Jeep Commander as it sped away from 44th and Emmet, a block from where Payton Benson had been shot in her home. Six men have been linked to that Jeep in some capacity and police say they all have gang ties.

Payton’s mother, Tabatha Manning, has repeated her plea for no retaliation.

“Instead of using hatred to do it, we're using love,” she said. “We want to help people. If you want to come up off the street and you're involved in something like this, we want to help you do that because we are strengthening our community by strengthening you."

While we still don't know who fired the fatal shot or if there are more arrests to come, one thing seems clear, the case has clearly gotten our attention.

Terry Bates, organizer of a fund-raiser for the family said, “I'm Terry. I'm plain old Terry. I just do whatever I can do personally and I think that's what we all should do."

We’re told that a typical bond given for someone with a felony theft by receiving charge is $25,000. All six of those arrested have a $1 million bond. That's indicative of the seriousness of this case and the court's belief that they would run if they were released.

All six suspects are due back in court on February 19.


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