- Aug 23
Arrest Made in Martinsburg Homicide
The Martinsburg Police Department (MPD) announced Tuesday the arrest of Marcus Benn in Hagerstown, Maryland for the July 27, 2017 murder of Kristen Pennix. Mr. Pennix was shot at his residence on 222 Frederick Street in Martinsburg during an apparent robbery attempt. Martinsburg detectives cracked the case after conducting an in-depth investigation which identified Benn as the offender. Benn is a resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee with an extensive criminal history.
First Degree Murder and Robbery warrants for Marcus Benn were obtained through Berkeley County Magistrate Court on August 4th. “There was a killing in our town and our detectives didn’t stop working until it was solved. I hope this arrest and bringing the offender to justice will also help the healing process for the victim’s family,” said Chief Maury Richards.
Since the issuing of the warrants, Benn had been on the run from the police. MPD, in conjunction with the US Marshals Service, West Virginia State Police, and other law enforcement agencies had been actively searching for the offender throughout the region. Martinsburg detectives entered Benn’s name as a wanted offender in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database to alert law enforcement across the country. Tuesday morning at 12:08 a.m., officers of the Hagerstown Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Belview Avenue and Park Lane in Hagerstown. Marcus Benn was a passenger in the vehicle. After a name check revealed that he was wanted, Benn was taken into custody and transported to the Washington County Detention Center as a Fugitive from Justice.
MPD Captain Kevin Miller recognized his Detective Unit, Sergeant Adam Albaugh, Corporal Jared Luciano, and Patrolman Jonathan Smith, for another job well done. “This case was a tough one with very little to go on at first but our guys just stuck with it around the clock,” stated Miller. “One clue led to another until it finally came together,” the MPD Captain added.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the work our detectives have done. The teamwork and support we received from Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Ulrich as well as Captain Widmeyer and Trooper Kennedy of the West Virginia State Police was outstanding,” said Deputy Chief George Swartwood.
Marcus Benn will remain in Maryland to face separate criminal charges in that state and will be returned to Berkeley County for prosecution at a later time.