Charges Dropped In Homicide Investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/4/08

Charges Dropped In Homicide Investigation

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New developments in an investigation that Lubbock Police first considered a homicide.

Early Wednesday police charged Charles McDade with aggravated assault. They believed McDade pushed his common-law wife, Gloria Benson, into the path of oncoming traffic on the access road of 38th Sstreet and I-27 just before 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

EMS took 49-year-old Benson to UMC where she later died.

Since then, the charges against McDade have been dropped, and now the attention has turned to the driver and the passenger in the truck that hit her.

New evidence and eyewitness reports led police to drop the aggravated assault charge against McDade.

"Throughout the day, detectives have continued to investigate this case and they have determined it was a hit and run accident versus a homicide situation, therefore the charges in the case are in the process of being dropped," said Cpt. Greg Stevens with Lubbock Police.

Now police are focusing on the two people witnesses say were in the truck that hit Benson. There is no description of the people in that truck but they do have a description of the truck.

"Between a 1998 and 2001 either Chevrolet Silverado pickup or a GMC Sierra pickup, dark colored, possible red and it was occupied by two people," Stevens said.

Police also say that truck will have a lot of front end damage to the passenger side.

When those two people are caught, Captain Stevens says the driver will face the charge of failing to stop and render aid which is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

But the blame doesn't stop there. The passenger could also face charges including with-holding information, aiding and abetting and possibly even harboring a fugitive. Stevens says if that passenger calls Crime Line or turns him or herself in, he or she will most likely not face charges at all.

If you have any information in this case, police ask that you please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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