A 21-year-old Omaha man will stand trial in a case that is tied to the murder of five-year-old Payton Benson.
Shaun Murph, Jr. was bound over for trial Wednesday. In court, an Omaha police detective testified that Murph was one of several people arrested outside the La Quinta Hotel, near 104th and Maple. Police obtained a warrant and searched the hotel room, which was allegedly rented by Murph.
The detective testified that a stolen, .40 caliber Smith and Wesson gun was found; it had been reported stolen on January 9. Murph allegedly said one of the other suspects brought the gun.
Murph is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and being a felon in possession of a gun. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation for burglary.
A tip led police to the hotel, which is where they also discovered a stolen Jeep, believed to be the one used in the shooting death of Payton Benson. The 5-year-old was hit by a stray bullet, while eating breakfast, in her home at 45th and Bedford.
Four gang members, who were originally tied to the stolen Jeep by police, have been charged in the murder of Payton Benson.
Vincent Hicks is charged with first degree murder, criminal conspiracy, use of a weapon to commit a felony, and discharging a firearm at an occupied building. Police said Hicks was armed with a high-powered rifle on the day of the shooting, while the other suspects had hadguns.
Eighteen-year-old Jaylen Montgomery was booked for discharging a firearm at an occupied dwelling, use of a weapon to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Twenty-one-year-old Jacob Brown was booked for discharging a firearm at an occupied dwelling and use of a firearm to commit a felony. 22-year-old Adonus Moses was booked for criminal conspiracy to commit murder, first degree.
Officials say the intended target, who has not been identified, was a member of the Crips gang. The men in the Jeep are allegedly members of the 38th Street Bloods gang.