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Rashawn Shimon Benford

Rashawn Shimon Benford

Age: 36

Residence: Merrillville

Booking Number(s): 1802543

Offense Date: March 16, 2018

Offense Description: Attempted murder

Class: Felony

CROWN POINT — A jury trial was scheduled Monday for a 37-year-old Gary man charged with attempted murder in his ex-wife's shooting at a flea market in Calumet Township.

Judge Salvador Vasquez scheduled a jury trial Nov. 29 in Lake Criminal Court for Rashawn S. Benford.

Benford is accused of shooting his 32-year-old ex-wife March 16 while she was working at Vonna's Country Kitchen, a restaurant in the Market City Flea Market, 4121 Cleveland St., according to court records.

A security guard ordered Benford to drop the weapon after the shooting and placed him in handcuffs, records state. The woman was treated at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Defense attorney Benjamen W. Murphy told the judge Monday parties were working toward a pretrial resolution.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 29.

Benford is in custody on a $65,000 surety bond, records state.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.