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Two Men Indicted: Malicious Wounding

A Fairfax County grand jury last week indicted the two men suspected of the Feb. 11 shooting of a 20-year-old Centreville man.

Derrick Randall Taylor, 18, of 13504 Antonia Ford Court in Centreville's Singleton's Grove community, and Antoine D. Benson, 21, of 2414 Hamlin Place N.E., in Washington, D.C., are both charged with malicious wounding. If convicted, each could receive as much as 20 years in prison.

Fairfax County police say Taylor and Benson went to the home of the victim — an acquaintance of Taylor's, and the victim invited them into the basement through a sliding-glass door. At that time, say police, Benson allegedly shot the victim in the upper torso.

He and Taylor both fled, and the victim went upstairs where his family called police. The victim was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital for a non-life-threatening injury. Police arrested Taylor at his home; he was later released from the Adult Detention Center on $15,000 bond.

At first, police didn't know Benson's identity, but investigation led them to arrest him on Feb. 27. He's still in jail, held on $30,000 bond. The grand jury last Monday, May 20, indicted both suspects. Both are now scheduled for jury trials in Circuit Court — Benson on June 26, and Taylor on July 10.

<tgl> — BONNIE HOBBS