Highland Park man arraigned in bus stop slaying
Highland Park — The family of a man killed while waiting for a bus last week was in court Friday to face the man charged in the shooting.
Malcolm Bernard Benson, 50, who had been staying in Highland Park, was arraigned Friday on charges in the death of 59-year-old Stanley Paul Carter, an Army veteran from Hamtramck, who was robbed and shot in the chest around 5:15 a.m. Sept. 16 while waiting for a bus on the 11800 block of Woodward near Tennyson.
Carter was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
His sister, Claudia Carter, said before Friday’s hearing she was in court to send a message to the suspect.
“I want to look him straight in the face and let him know that he does not scare me one bit,” said Carter, 53.
A not-guilty plea was entered Friday on Benson’s behalf by 30th District Court Judge Brigette Officer-Hill. He was remanded to Wayne County Jail to await an Oct. 6 probable cause conference. An attorney will be appointed for him, Officer-Hill said.
Carter’s family and friends held hands in court as Benson was led into the courtroom. He appeared to look over at family members, who stared back at the suspect.
“He’s looking right at us,” Claudia Carter said. “I ain’t scared.”
Police have said they discovered during their investigation that Benson also allegedly sexually assaulted a Highland Park woman in the area where Carter was shot.
He is charged with first-degree felony murder, armed robbery, criminal sexual conduct, first-degree felon in possession of a firearm and second-degree felony firearm.
Benson stood quietly as Officer-Hill read the charges, aside from a brief objection to the criminal sexual conduct charge. The judge repeated her description, at which point Benson indicated he did not agree but remained quiet.
The charges against Benson come several months after he was released from prison on parole.
In 1995, Benson was convicted of second-degree murder and felony firearm. He was sent to prison for a minimum of 20 years and was paroled in January.
Before the hearing Friday, Claudia Carter said her family was overjoyed to hear of the suspect’s arrest.
“We did the happy dance,” Carter said. “I don’t want him to see the light of day. And I wish we had death row here.”
Carter’s brother, Timothy Carter, 57, agreed.
“My brother is gone,” he said. “This man does not deserve to walk this earth, much less see the light of day.”
Family members said Carter was quick to make others laugh and often paid other bus passengers’ fares. He was a former Army Ranger with a black belt in karate, they said.
“You can learn all you want but you can’t fight a gun,” Timothy Carter said.
Carter said he is determined to keep his brother’s memory alive through a plaque he hopes to place at the bus stop where he was killed.
“I want people to remember my brother,” he said. “I want them to come to that corner and say, ‘Stanley was a good guy.’”