Man charged with killing school counselor in Charlotte has court date

Matthew Benner
Matthew Benner

A man accused of killing a school counselor in Charlotte last June is scheduled to be in court Thursday.

WSOC reported that Mathew Thomas Benner, who is charged with the murder of Amanda Strous, has a court hearing.

Strous, 27, was found dying in her burning apartment at The Enclave at Rivergate, just weeks before her wedding.

Benner, 28, who had lived in the same apartment complex, was arrested in Nevada and charged with murder and first-degree arson. Authorities there said he confessed to Strous’ killing after he was arrested.

Prosecutors said last October that they have decided not to seek the death penalty against Benner.

Strous moved to Charlotte last year to be close to her fiance, and had worked for about six months as a student counselor at Central Piedmont Community College’s Harper Campus. She had grown up in York, Pa., and gone to college in Shippensburg, Pa., where she graduated with a degree in psychology.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender