Benson's Alleged Shooter In Court On Unrelated Charge


One of four men facing charges in the shooting death of 5-year-old Payton Benson appeared in court Thursday morning.

Vincent Hicks, who faces 1st degree murder charges and a possible life sentence, appeared in court for violating an earlier probation.

“He was placed on probation for being in possession of a concealed firearm, and we currently have him charged with violating the terms of his probation,” said Kevin Slimp, an assistant city prosecutor.

Slimp said Hicks violated probation by riding in a stolen S-U-V used in the drive-by shooting. While Hicks faces much more serious charges, he will still stand trial in May for the violation.

Three other men also tied to the Benson shooting are expected to remain in jail while awaiting trial. Bond was set at 1 million dollars for each of them.

Benson was struck by a bullet while eating breakfast inside her home near North 45th Street and Bedford Avenue on January 15th.

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