UPDATE: Benitez pleaded not guilty on February 22, 2021. Her next scheduled court appearance is March 22.
A woman accused of killing a Jefferson City man appears in court today. 29-year-old Angelica Benitez is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. She’s accused of shooting 25-year-old Marqukis Hayes in the face while the two were in the drive-through of a Columbia McDonald’s in December. Hayes’ body was found days later in an abandoned truck near St. Louis.
Benitez is being held without bond.