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Grenadan Ex-Convict Could Get Death Penalty For Hacking American To Death With Machette

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CHARGED: David Martin Benjamin

ST. GEORGE’S – Police have formally charged a man in connection with the death of an Atlanta anesthesiologist who was murdered while vacationing in Grenada over the weekend.

Dave Martin Benjamin, 27, was covering a portion of his face as police walked him into court on Wednesday. Benjamin is facing a capital murder charge in the death of 39-year-old Jessica Colker.

Jessica Colker of Georgia was attacked on a beach in St. David Sunday afternoon. According to the Royal Grenada Police Force, Colker was with her husband at the time of the attack. Following the attack, Colker disappeared. Her body was later discovered near the scene of the attack.

An autopsy revealed Colker had extensive skull fracture and asphyxia. Royal Grenada Police Force said Wednesday that she had been sexually assaulted.

Several local media outlets said Benjamin turned himself in early Monday morning for the crime.

Colker worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Scottish Rite campus.

“Jessica was a valued member of our Children’s team,” the Children’s healthcare center said in a written statement. “We are deeply saddened by this horrific news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this very difficult time.”

The last time Grenada put one of its own citizens to death by capital punishment was in 1978.

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HACKED TO DEATH: Jessica Lewis Colker

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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