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Man charged with murder a week after a body was found in east Charlotte

Jessie Daniel Benton, 29, faces charges of murder and armed robbery in the death of 51-year-old Jose Mario Chicas. Chicas' body was found by a jogger June 21 in east Charlotte.
Jessie Daniel Benton, 29, faces charges of murder and armed robbery in the death of 51-year-old Jose Mario Chicas. Chicas' body was found by a jogger June 21 in east Charlotte. Courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Jail

A man was charged Thursday in connection with the death of a man whose body was found last week in east Charlotte.

Police were called to the 1900 block of Milton Road on June 21, after a jogger found 51-year-old Jose Mario Chicas' body. A medic pronounced Chicas dead at the scene.

Jessie Daniel Benton, 29, was identified as a suspect and arrested Thursday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced.

Police didn't say what led to Benton being identified as a suspect in Chicas' death.

Benton faces a charge of murder. Officials also accused him of armed robbery of Chicas, police said.

Benton has prior convictions for larceny and breaking and entering, Mecklenburg County Court records show.

LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS
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