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1996 Californian cold case: Murder suspect arrested in Austin

(Santa Ana Police)

An arrest has been made in Austin for a 90s cold case.


On Jan. 4, 1996, at around 3 a.m., police responded to a call in Santa Ana, California regarding a male Black suspect that had forced entry into the apartment and stabbed Christopher Hervey numerous times; he then died. The apartment was shared by Hervey and girlfriend Jade Benning.

The case went cold, until January 2020 when an anonymous letter was received at the Santa Ana Police Department implicating Benning was involved in the murder. She had moved to Austin in 2001.

Police found forensic evidence pointing to Benning and issued a $1 million warrant for her arrest. She was arrested last week. Benning will be extradited to California where she will face murder charges, according to police.

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