Murder charges dropped

Published 10:42 am Friday, November 18, 2016

An Abbeville man accused of being an accessory to a murder in 2013 is the last of three people to have charges dropped in the death of Xavier Benson.

Robert L. Smith, 49, was charged with being an accessory after the fact in June 2013 after Benson was found shot to death outside of a West Spring Hill home.

During the October court term, the charge was formally dismissed against him.

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Anthony Smith, also of Abbeville, was originally charged with simple murder, however, the murder charge was dropped in 2014 after prosecutors learned that Smith had an alibi placing him at work in Holly Springs at the time of Benson’s death.

An indictment was filed in September 2014 charging Anthony Smith, instead, for felon in possession of a firearm. However, that charge was dropped as well since the gun was found near Benson and not in Smith’s possession.

Prosecutors say that after a continued investigation, it was revealed there was the possibility that the house where the Smiths were staying on County Road 105 may have been burglarized.

Alison Alexander of Abbevile was charged with accessory after the fact and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of obstruction of justice and sentenced to two years of probation.

No other arrests have been made in Benson’s murder.