Suspect charged in brutal death of American tourist in Caribbean

Suspect Charged in Brutal Death of American Tourist in Caribbean
Suspect Charged in Brutal Death of American Tourist in Caribbean

Authorities say a suspect has been charged in connection to the death of an American woman on a Caribbean beach.

According to authorities, Georgia resident Jessica Colker was attacked with a cutlass, or a machete-like weapon, while she was vacationing in Grenada. A WSB-TV reporter tweeted that police announced she died from an "extensive skull fracture and asphyxia."

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Colker worked at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta as a physician's assistant for a pediatric anesthesiologist. A friend described her as a kind and passionate person.

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"She was just a beautiful soul. She was such a great friend," said friend Sara Greene.

NowGrenada.com says the suspect, David Martin Benjamin, has a criminal history that includes robbery and rape. The Daily Mail reports that he was released from jail a month ago after serving 15 years for child rape. There is currently no mention of rape in Colker's case.

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