In a Montgomery County Courtroom in Rockville on Oct. 23, a jury found 37-year-old Katrina Ben of Silver Creek, Miss. guilty for fatally shooting a Silver Spring man with whom she said she’d been in a romantic relationship.
The court found Ben guilty on two counts, including the first-degree murder of 35-year-old Eric Somuah of Silver Spring and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.
Police arrested Ben on June 21, 2012 in connection to the murder of Somuah, which happened inside his East-West Highway apartment in Silver Spring June 6, 2012.
Ben faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge David Boynton presided over the trial.
According to police records, homicide detectives found a gun along the Capital Beltway that helped lead detectives to the arrest of Ben.
“We are pleased with this verdict. Ms. Ben is a dangerous woman who let jealousy take control of her actions. It was a cold-blooded murder in a man’s own bed – she calculated, planed and executed what she thought was the perfect crime. But through excellent detective work and a good Samaritan park ranger we tracked the gun all the way to Mississippi and finally to this defendant,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
In making the announcement, McCarthy thanked assistant State’s Attorneys Jessica Zarrella and Debbie Grimes for their prosecution of the case. He also thanked the Montgomery County Police for their strong detective work in the matter.
Ben’s sentencing will take place on Dec. 15, 2014.