Man linked to 1993 Utica murders arrested on warrant, drug charges following traffic stop

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A routine traffic stop lead to the arrest of a man wanted on robbery charges out of New Hartford - a man who served time for his involvement in the deaths of two men in the 90s.

Utica Police say that around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Hobart and Kemble Streets and arrested David Benner for rug related offenses.

Benner, 38, of Utica, also had an active bench warrant for robbery from the Town of New Hartford. Benner is now charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance not in its original container.

Benner was released on appearance tickets to New Hartford Police Department for their active warrant.

Benner had served time in prison for his involvement in the 1993 murders of two men at a dry cleaners. Benner and another man, Vincent Pepe, who is currently serving time in prison as the shooter in the deaths, burned the bodies of their victims - John Zajac and Brian Brewer - in the trunk of a car behind Riverside Mall.

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