Area woman is charged in ’12 Md. homicide

Published 7:00 pm Wednesday, June 26, 2013

     A Mississippi woman has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a man in his Silver Spring, Md., apartment.

     Officers arrested 35-year-old Katrina Renee Ben Friday at her home in Silver Creek, Miss. She is being held in the Lawrence County jail, pending extradition to Maryland.

     Lawrence County Sheriff Joel Thames said he received a call Thursday morning from the FBI Task Force alerting him that Ben was expected to be in Lawrence County.

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     Thames said he attempted to take Ben into custody Thursday at her father’s house on Highway 84, but she was not there. Thames, along with three deputies, made the arrest Friday without incident after neighbors informed him that Ben had returned to the residence, Thames said.

     Ben is charged in the June 6, 2012, slaying of 34-year-old Eric Somuah. Officers found him dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his apartment.

     At that time, officers interviewed Ben, a neighbor who said she was in a romantic relationship with Somuah.

     The next day, a partially disassembled gun was found and determined to have characteristics from a spent shell casing recovered at Somuah’s apartment.

     Police say Ben bought the gun in 2004.

     Thames expects Ben to be transported from the Lawrence County jail to Montgomery County, Md., by the end of this week.