Two men charged in murder of pregnant Melvindale mother

Posted at 10:12 AM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 17:53:23-04

Two young men accused of murdering a Melvindale mother appeared in court Thursday morning for their arraignment. 

Twenty-three-year-old Jacob Barnes and a sixteen-year-old from Detroit have been charged with Felony Murder, First Degree Murder, Assault of a Pregnant Individual Causing Death of a Fetus and Mutilation of a Dead Body.

The men are accused of beating Benton, who was five months pregnant. Prosecutors say they then drove Benton in the trunk of a car to an abandoned house in the 8000 block of Vanderbilt in Detroit and set her body on fire. They then left the scene in her car, before abandoning it in southwest Detroit.

Both Barnes and the teen were arrested on September 30, following an investigation by Detroit police.