Ex-Con Charged With Murdering Inkster Man Found Dead In Street

WWJ News
September 21, 2019 - 2:05 pm
Cleve Allen Ransaw

Cleve Allen Ransaw (Booking photo)


INKSTER (WWJ) - A 26-year-old ex-con has been charged with multiple crimes after a man was gunned down and left to die in the middle of a street in Inkster.

Michigan State Police said Friday that Cleve Allen Ransaw of Wayne was arraigned via video in 22nd District Court on an eight-count felony warrant and ordered held without bond. 

The shooting happened early on the morning of Friday the 13th at Western and Oakwood streets following an altercation that occurred earlier the previous evening. The victim, 26-year-Joseph Kenneth Benson of Inkster, was declared dead at the scene.

According to prosecutors they two acquaintances were arguing when the situation escalated and Ransaw shot Benson multiple times. It's also alleged that Ransaw took some money off the victim. 

Police say detectives and evidence techs from the FBI conducted searches in Westland on Friday to recover evidence for the investigation.

Ransaw is charged with felony murder, first-degree murder, armed robbery, assault with deadly weapon, three counts of felony firearm and habitual offender - second offense. 

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Ransaw was released from custody on March 15 after serving five-and-a-half years of a maximum 15-year sentence for armed robbery and felony firearm. He also has convictions for delivery/manufacturing cocaine less than 50 grams, and possession of cocaine less than 25 grams -- both offenses which occurred while he was in custody, according to the MDOC.

Ransaw's next scheduled court appearance is a Probable Cause Conference set for Sept. 25 before Judge Sabrina Johnson.