Family of slain woman vow to send accused to life in prison

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A bond court judge heard harsh words and saw tears from a family who, less than a week ago, lost their daughter, allegedly at the hands of her own husband.

That family, who said they never saw the murder coming, is now on a mission to make sure the suspect never sees life beyond a prison cell.

"Let him spend the rest of his life in prison or let them stick a needle in his arm. That's what he deserves," said Mynda Poss, the mother of Treva Benton. "He took my world away so somebody better take his world away."

The words came Thursday evening during a bond court hearing for Randal Benton, the man accused of murdering his estranged wife in a Perkin's restaurant parking lot.

Emotions ran high at the hearing, and family members said they never expected Benton to murder his wife.

"I never thought he would have done it. He has fits of anger, but he didn't seem like the type of guy that would cold-bloodedly shoot the person he supposedly loved," said Scott Palmer, the victim's ex-husband.

The Bentons were going through a divorce, family members said, and the day of her murder, Mr. Benton had helped his estranged wife move things out of their home.

"She was moving that weekend and took everything to storage. Randy helped her and I thought everything was fine," Poff said.

Hours later, Benton's friends and family found out she was dead, allegedly at the hands of her soon-to-be ex-husband.

"In about 10 seconds, he unloaded a clip on her as she was crawling away. He kept firing at her," Palmer said.

Palmer thinks Benton's motive was jealousy. "If he couldn't have her, nobody was going to have her."

As the victim's family made impact statements to the judge, Benton burst into tears. Family members said they wanted to see justice served as quickly as possible.

Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers says he believes more evidence will develop with the case.

"It's still an extremely active investigation. [There are] lots of things that are being followed up on and a lot of people being interviewed," he said.

Benton was denied bond.

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