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Canton cab driver shot to death in New Franklin

Canton Repository

August 15, 2011

Raul Benitez-Maranon

NEW FRANKLIN — Police are trying to sort out why a man shot a Canton cab driver 10 times, killing him Sunday evening.

The shooting occurred after Jerry Laury, who drove for Yellow Cab, dropped off a fare at an apartment building in the 5100 block of S. Main Street in this southern Summit County community. Police have arrested the cab rider, Raul Benitez-Maranon, 27, who apparently was staying at the apartment building.

Witnesses told police that a man fitting Maranon’s description stood next to the cab and fired a gun into the window. The shooting occurred at about 5:45 p.m.

Gary Guenther, chief investigator for the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office, said the 61-year-old Laury was shot 10 times in his head and chest. Laury died at the scene.

Police arrested Maranon minutes after the shooting. He is being held in the Summit County Jail after being charged with aggravated murder.

Although Maranon is using the S. Main Street address, police aren’t certain he lives there. Police Chief Daniel G. Davidson said officers believe Maranon is a Mexican national and are investigating to determine how he entered the country.

“He’s not a confirmed U.S. citizen,” Davidson said...[Full Article]