Police Charge Man in Connection with 2017 Murder

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WILMINGTON, DE — A Wilmington Police investigation has resulted in the arrest of a man in connection with a December 2017 murder.

Authorities state that on December 10, 2017, at approximately 5:59 a.m., police responded to the 200 block of North Rodney Street in reference to a shooting incident that had occurred. Arriving officers located 46-year-old Lionel Benson, who was transported to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

The case was assigned to Detective Mackenzie Kirlin of the Criminal Investigations Division. Through the course of her investigation, Detective Kirlin identified 46-year-old Trevie Burrell as a suspect. On July 19, Detective Kirlin presented the case to the New Castle County Grand Jury, which returned indictments.

Burrell was located on July 20 and taken into custody without incident. He has been charged with the following offenses:

  • Murder (First Degree)
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited
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He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 11 and was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $1,080,000 cash-only bail.

Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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