Suspect to be charged in killing of Georgia woman in Grenada

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- A man accused of killing a tourist from Georgia in a machete attack on an isolated beach in Grenada made his first appearance Wednesday before a judge on the Caribbean island to face a charge of capital murder.

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Dave Martin Benjamin did not enter a plea and was not given an opportunity to speak in the brief hearing. A lawyer has not yet been appointed to represent him. The 27-year-old could get the death penalty if convicted.

Martin is suspected in the machete attack on Jessica Colker and her husband, Brian Melito along a beach on the southeast of the island. Authorities have not disclosed a suspected motive in the attack that killed the 39-year-old physician's assistant who lived in Atlanta.

Police said earlier that Martin was convicted of robbery and burglary in 2009 and of a rape in 2013. He was released early from prison in November.


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