On February 18, 2022, at 9:27 p.m., Mr. Benson's male cousin went over to his home in the 15310 block of Evergreen because he had not heard from Mr. Benson for several days. He discovered the lifeless bodies of Mr. Benson, Ms. Marshall, and her young son Caleb and called 911. Police were dispatched to the home where they observed each of the three victims fatally shot multiple times. The victims were taken to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office where it was determined that the cause of death was due to multiple gunshot wounds for the three victims. It is alleged that Defendant Hardy fatally shot each victim multiple times.
Investigation by the Detroit Police Department lead to the arrest of Hardy and another teen male suspect. On February 23, 2022, the Detroit Police Department presented a warrant request to WCPO. Aspects of the case remain under investigation. Specific facts and evidence will be placed on the record in court at the preliminary examination.
Malcolm Ray Hardy has been charged with three counts of Felony Murder, three counts of FirstDegree Premeditated Murder, two counts of Armed Robbery, and eight counts of Felony Firearm. *
The warrant request for another teen male suspect has been denied because there was insufficient evidence to charge him.
"This case is yet another stark reminder of why there should always be options for prosecutors when the facts allege unspeakable premeditated violence by a juvenile. The allegations in this case warrant charging the defendant as an adult," said Prosecutor Worthy. "This case is truly disturbing, especially as it relates to young Caleb. For many reasons it is disheartening to know that a juvenile is alleged to have committed these acts."
The defendant was arraigned and remanded to jail on February 26, 2022 in 36th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for March 7, 2022 in 36th District Court before Judge Kenneth King. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.