Suspect Named in Killing of Mayor's Brother-in-Law

5:18 PM, Dec 8, 2013   |    comments
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Arthur L. Givens (Image: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

Charlotte, NC (WLTX)- The brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was killed Friday in a shooting in Charlotte.

Donald Gist died after being shot outside a store on Beatties Ford Road around 1:15 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say he died at the scene.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Homicide/ADW Unit Detectives are requesting the public's assistance in locating Arthur L. Givens, 40, who is wanted for the murder of Donald Everett Gist.  

Detectives say they have identified Givens as a suspect and obtained a murder warrant for his arrest. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Givens is asked to immediately contact the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) at (704)336-VCAT or call 911.  Givens should be considered armed and dangerous.

Gist is the brother of Benjamin's wife, Deandre Benjamin, a circuit court judge in Richland County.  

Mayor Steve Benjamin and the Gist families released a statement on the death of his brother-in-law.

"The shock and sadness of past few hours have been difficult to bear.  

We will remember Donald as he was: a loving husband, father, son and brother. He is survived his wife, son sister and a host of loving relatives. We will continue to lean on our faith in Almighty God and each other as we try to make sense of this tragedy.

"We thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of support and we ask for your continued prayers in the days and weeks to come."

The family would like to express their complete confidence in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as they continue to search for more news of the passing of Donald E. Gist in Charlotte, NC and for those responsible and has asked that the public and media respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Burkard is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at  


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