New developments have surfaced in the homicide case involving the possible murder of 17-year-old freshman Jasmine Benjamin on November 17.
The GBI has announced that Darien Meheux, 18, had been arrested in connection with the case. According to a press release from the GBI on Friday, Meheux was arrested at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Schley County Sheriff’s Office in Ellaville, Ga.
“Meheux turned himself into the sheriff’s office after being made aware of a murder warrant which had been taken for him for the death of Jasmine Benjamin,” the release read.
GBI, VSUPD, VPD and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office officials searched for Meheux in Gwinnett County before he appeared in Ellaville.
The release also stated that Meheux’s arrest was “the result of an extensive homicide investigation” by the GBI, VSUPD and VPD.
The cause of Benjamin’s death has been officially listed as asphyxiation. Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary lists asphyxia as “a lack of oxygen or excess of carbon dioxide in the body that is usually caused by interruption of breathing and that causes unconsciousness.” This means that Benjamin choked, was smothered, or was somehow otherwise suffocated.
The GBI Regional Office in Thomasville continues to investigate the case.
Benjamin’s body was found in a fifth-floor study room in Georgia Hall on November 18. She had intended to study nursing at VSU, but as a freshman, had yet to be admitted to the program.
The University has not released a statement, other than to say that Meheux is no longer a VSU student. He did not enroll for Spring semester, according to Thressea Boyd, Director of Communications.
More details will be added as they become available.