Killed – Donald Gist (Charlotte, NC)

Donald Gist

Donald Gist, the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, was shot and killed Friday afternoon, according to a statement from Benjamin’s spokesman.

Gist was also the brother of Fifth Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea Benjamin.

The preliminary investigation indicates the shooting wasn’t a random act of violence, as the shooter and the male victim appear to have known each other, Charlotte police said.

Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene, police said.

The shooting happened at about 1:15 p.m., and outbound Beatties Ford Road at LaSalle Street was temporarily closed, police said.

Anthony Givens, 40, reportedly knew Donald Everett Gist, 38, when he shot and killed him in broad daylight in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday afternoon, WBTV reports. Givens took off — leaving Gist to bleed to death outside a crowded mini-mart.

A Charlotte man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted Friday in the fatal shooting of the brother-in-law of Columbia’s mayor.

Arthur Lee Givens, 41, was sentenced by Judge Eric Levinson in Mecklenburg Superior Court after being found guilty in a jury trial. Before the trial, prosecutors said, Givens also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the same crime.


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