Man arrested for the murder of Trans Woman Keri Washington

Arthur Benjamin Jr.
Clearwater homicide detectives escort Arthur Benjamin Jr. from the Clearwater Police Department headquarters.

Arthur Benjamin Jr., 49, AKA Hadeeka Shabazz was taken into custody Tuesday, May 11, in unincorporated Pinellas County Florida where he confessed to killing Kerri Washington.

On May 1st Clearwater police responded to a call about 8 a.m from the Palmetto Park Apartments, 1001 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Police say the body, identified as Keri Washington, 49, was found behind building 7.

According to police Washing was taken into custody with the incident and remains behind bars until a bail hearing can be held.

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