Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ex-convict is charged in fatal shooting

Cleve Ransaw
A convicted felon from Wayne has been arrested and charged with the Friday, the 13th killing of an Inkster man.
Cleve Ransaw, 26, of Wayne now faces multiple charges in the shooting of a 27-year-old Joseph Kenneth Benson on Western Street near Oakwood at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 13. When Inkster police officers arrived at the scene, they discovered Benson lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains transported by emergency responders, according to police reports of the incident.  Police said the shooting was an escalation of an altercation between the two men that took place earlier the previous evening.  Prosecutors also allege that Ransaw took cash from Benson and that the two were acquainted.

Police and evidence technicians from the FBI executed a warrant at a Westland location gathering evidence in the investigation, police said.
Ransaw was arrested Sept. 20 and arraigned by video in 22nd District Court in Inkster on an eight-count felony warrant.
The judge ordered him held without bond and remanded to the Wayne County Jail until his next court appearance set for Sept. 25 before Judge Sabrina Johnson at the 22nd District Court.
Ransaw faces charges of felony murder, first-degree murder, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of felony firearm and as a habitual offender-second offense.
State records from the Department of Corrections indicate that Ransaw was released from prison on March 15 after serving five 1/2 years of a maximum 15-year sentence for armed robbery and felony firearm.
He was also convicted of delivery/manufacturing a controlled substance, cocaine, less than 50 grams and possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than 25 grams-both crimes occurred while he was in custody, according to state records.