Grand Jury Indictment: Mother’s Day Murder and Attempted Murder

This evening the Lee County Grand Jury returned an indictment on three defendants for the murder of 32 year old Daryl D. Scott and the attempted murder of 23 year old Rejanay Smith which occurred on Mother’s Day, May 13th, 2018 in Lee County.

Mario Joel Benitez, 22, was indicted for one count of First Degree Murder with a Firearm, one count of Attempted Felony Murder with a Firearm, one count of Robbery with a Firearm, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Firearm.

Taquan Ramel Brown, 27, was indicted for one count of First Degree Murder with a Firearm, one count of Attempted First Degree and Felony Murder with a Firearm, one count of Robbery with a Firearm, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Firearm.

Edey Emmanuel Cardenas, 21, was indicted for one count of First Degree Murder with a Firearm, one count of Attempted Felony Murder with a Firearm, one count of Robbery with a Firearm, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Firearm.

A fourth defendant, Cheyenne Marron, who is not charged within this indictment, has been charged in this case by the State Attorney’s Office. We have charged her with one count of Second Degree Murder with a Firearm, one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm, one count of Robbery with a Firearm, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Firearm.

Photos of the four defendants are attached.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office
239-533-1125
ssyoen@sao.cjis20.org