Soldier indicted on attempted murder charge

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier has been indicted on an attempted murder charge.

Ezekiel Ayo Benson, 21, is accused of shooting a Chicago man in town last Saturday for his brother's wedding. He was indicted Wednesday.

Benson was originally charged with first-degree assault for shooting Shawn Albright, 28, in the parking lot outside the Greyhound Lounge. The bullet narrowly missed Albright's hear. He was hospitalized at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Fairbanks Police Detective Tara Tippett said the shooting resulted from a fight over spilled beer that started inside a bar.

Benson, who is from Birmingham, Ala., has been in Alaska for just over a year. He was charged in June with assault for allegedly grabbing a woman by the throat at a Fairbanks residence.

Benson is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $50,000 bail.



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