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Jade Benning Biography
Who is Jade Benning ?
A California woman, who for 26 years had claimed an intruder had broken into her apartment and stabbed him to death, has now been charged with his murder after an anonymous letter was sent to police.
Jade Benning, now 48, was living in Santa Ana at the time of the murder in January 1996.
At the time, the then 22-year-old was living with her boyfriend, Christopher Hervey, also 22.
Benning told police that a black man entered the residence in the middle of the night while they were sleeping.
Arrested and Charged
Jade Benning, 48, was arrested on charges of killing Christopher Hervey in 1996 on Tuesday.
Christopher Hervey, 22, was fatally stabbed in his Santa Ana home that he shared with Jade Benning, also 22, in January 1996.
Benning claimed that a black man had forced his way in and stabbed him. The murder weapon was never found and the case went cold for 24 years.
A struggle ensued with the man stabbing his boyfriend multiple times during the attack, which occurred around 3 am.
Benning made some “general statements” to police about the alleged break-in.
She said that she suffered a minor cut to her right hand when she struggled with the killer.
A witness also told police that she saw a man running out of the apartment building.
Hervey was discovered dead with multiple wounds to his chest and body, although he did not recover a weapon, reports the Orange County Register.
Neighbors also recounted how they had heard a loud argument shortly before the murder, which lasted about 15 minutes.
Investigators continued to work the case, but their leads went cold until an anonymous letter arrived in January 2020 implicating Benning in the murder.
A cold case homicide detective believed there was enough after following up on the case and obtained a criminal complaint from the Orange County District Attorney’s office along with an arrest warrant for Benning.
Benning, who now lives in Austin, Texas, was arrested Tuesday near her home after a forensic investigation.
Agents from the US Marshalls Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested her. Detectives from the Santa Ana Police Department were also present to witness Benning’s arrest.
She will be extradited to California to face murder charges and held on $1 million bail.
In the years since the murder, Benning lived in Las Vegas in 2001 before heading to Austin.
Jade Benning Quick and Facts
- Christopher Hervey, 22, was fatally stabbed in his Santa Ana home that he shared with Jade Benning, also 22, in January 1996
- Benning claimed that a black man had forced his way inside and stabbed him
- No murder weapon was ever found and the case went cold for 24 years
- Santa Ana police received an anonymous letter suggesting they look at Benning as a possible suspect in the cold case murder
- Now living in Texas, she was arrested on charges of killing Hervey on Tuesday