Friends Raising Money for Shooting Victim; Suspect Held Without Bail

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The suspect in the killing of an East End garage owner is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing on a charge of criminal homicide.

Eben Brown, 46, of McKeesport was denied bail following an arraignment early Saturday before Magisterial District Judge Regis C. Welsh. A hearing is slated for 11 a.m. Dec. 14 before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

Allegheny County police said Brown is accused of shooting John T. Benedek Jr., 41, of Elizabeth Twp. on Friday afternoon at J&M Automotive Services, the East Fifth Avenue garage he had co-owned and operated since 2017.

Police allege that Brown shot Benedek over a dispute over work that had been performed on his vehicle.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Benedek was shot multiple times and that his death has been ruled a homicide.

County police said Brown turned himself in at the McKeesport police station shortly after the shooting.

Benedek, a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, is survived by his father; his partner, Bobbi Jo Lawson; and children Jace G. Benedek, Eric M. Lawson and Courtney Lawson, as well as a granddaughter, sister and step-brother.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe account with the goal of raising $10,000 to offset the family's expenses. More than $5,000 had been raised as of Monday morning.

Benedek's funeral is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, 6029 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Twp., the funeral home has announced.

Originally published December 03, 2018.

In other news:
"East End Garage Owner…" || "Neon Returns to News …"