Teen charged in Lebanon man’s death appears in court

An arrest has been made in a Saturday fatal shooting of a 32-year-old Lebanon man.

  • Victim identified as Benjamin Werner, 32, of Lebanon
  • Teen, 17, arrested in connection
  • 911 caller reported hearing six or seven gunshots
  • Police said incident is unusual for neighborhood

UPDATE @ 4:42 p.m. (Dec. 2)

The teenager charged in the murder of Benjamin Werner had a denial entered on his behalf in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

The 17-year-old was charged with murder for killing Werner, 32, of Lebanon, on Nov. 26 behind an abandoned house on West Norman Avenue. The teen appeared in court Monday along with his mother and representatives from the prosecutor’s office and probation department.

UPDATE @ 2:52 p.m. (Nov. 29)

Lt. Andrew Booher with Dayton police said officers apprehended a 17-year-old male in connection with the Saturday shooting death of Benjamin Warner.

EARLIER REPORT

Benjamin Werner, 32, of Lebanon, has been identified as the fatality in the shooting in the 100 block of West Norman Avenue Saturday night, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

A 911 caller reported hearing six or seven gunshots around 7:30 p.m. in the 100 block of West Norman Avenue. The caller also reported there was a car parked in back of a vacant house. Police found Werner’s body next to that car. No arrests have been made.

The victim was found face down next to a car behind an abandoned house, Dayton police Sgt. Ryan Halburnt said.

Neighbors reported to police that they heard shots fired and then a car leaving the area.

“Officers arrived and found a vehicle parked in the backyard of the vacant house. They approached and found an individual obviously deceased next to the vehicle,” Halburnt said.

The sergeant called the incident unusual for the neighborhood and said they are continuing to canvass the area for potential witnesses and are collecting evidence from the crime scene.

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