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Illegal Immigrant Charged In Student's Death (Had Previous Arrests)
WSMV-TV Nashville ^ | June 21, 2007 | Catharyn Campbell

Posted on 06/23/2007 10:54:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

An illegal immigrant is facing vehicular homicide charges in the death of a college student.

Victor Benitez appeared in court Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing in the death of Tennessee State University student-athlete Joycelyn Gardiner.

Three witnesses took the stand and detailed the events surrounding Gardiner’s death.

“There was no sound of breaks or anything; (he) just came straight in. The light was red. I could see the light,” said Kent Redgrave.

One witness told the court that he saw Benitez run a red light and slam into Gardiner’s car.

The crash occurred early Saturday at the intersection of Old Hickory Blvd. and Nolensville Road.

Gardiner died at a hospital several hours after crash.

Officers who responded to the crash said it was obvious Benitez had been drinking.

“As I approached the driver’s side door, I noticed that Mr. Benitez had a strong sense of alcoholic beverages about his person and very red, watery eyes. His speech was very slurred. I inquired of his condition as he had some blood on him. He became very combative and began to use profanity,” said Metro police Officer William Williams.

Williams said he also had arrested Benitez about one year before on suspicion of public drunkenness.

“I actually advised him that the young lady was hurt pretty badly. He started using profanity and stated that he didn't hit anybody and was not involved in a crash,” he said.

A blood sample from Benitez was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for testing.

“She wasn't in a dope deal gone bad. She wasn't in a robbery or burglary. She was just driving down the dad-gum road. You just can't understand until you sit in on meetings with the survivors of these types of crimes: the mommas, the daddies, the sisters. You just don't know,” said Assistant District Attorney James Sledge.

Representatives said they had had no way of knowing that Benetiz was in the U.S. illegally during his previous arrests.

Metro got access in the spring to a new program which allows investigators to do detailed background checks including the status of immigrants.

All of Benitez’s arrests were before the program was put into place.

The case was bound over to a grand jury.

Friends and family of Gardiner declined comment.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; borders; crimaliens; crimeswewontdo; drunkdriver; drunkdriving; illegalaliens; illegalimmigration; illegals; immigrantlist; immigration; noamnestyforillegals; serialcrimaliens; wheresthefence
She might be alive if the police had done their jobs previously, IMO. They should've checked to make sure he was a legal immigrant, and if not, called ICE.
1 posted on 06/23/2007 10:54:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The “hits” just keep coming.

I can hardly wait until “they” can ‘come out of the shadows’.

It seems like many of them already have.


2 posted on 06/23/2007 10:56:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... For want of a few good men, a once great nation was lost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And yet Bush presses our Congress to muster “the political courage “ to allow this nonsense to continue . Sickening ..


3 posted on 06/23/2007 10:57:26 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bttt


4 posted on 06/23/2007 10:57:37 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Neu Pragmatist

Just say NO to Illegal Alien Amnesty!! Keep calling!! It’s NOT OVER!!

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121

White House comments: (202) 456-1111

Find your House Rep.: http://www.house.gov/writerep

Find your US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


5 posted on 06/23/2007 10:58:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: Jorge
Nothing to see here....move along.

What were you saying about these people not breaking laws?

Tell it to Jocylen. But be sure to shout it really, really loud. She may have a hard time hearing you.

L

6 posted on 06/23/2007 10:59:21 PM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to plague.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Part of the next border bill needs to be something that creates a tally of Americans killed by illegal immigrants.


7 posted on 06/23/2007 10:59:33 PM PDT by Dreagon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They had no program then to check immigration status. They do now.


8 posted on 06/23/2007 10:59:56 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I hope this thread doesn't get high-jacked and turned into a thread about illegal aliens.
9 posted on 06/23/2007 11:01:47 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A man who will not defend himself does not deserve to be defended by others.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

B T T T


10 posted on 06/23/2007 11:03:28 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah forget it. It’s all been said. Kick the mofos out.


11 posted on 06/23/2007 11:03:58 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Conservatives are educated. Liberals are indoctrinated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too young to die like that. Corker and Alexander need to think about this senseless death of a Tennessean in case they have any residual urge to "help the economy".

12 posted on 06/23/2007 11:12:03 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My sympathies for the victim’s family.


13 posted on 06/23/2007 11:14:42 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Moonman62

They couldn’t call Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the phone?


14 posted on 06/23/2007 11:17:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

STOP AMNESTY NOW!! WE CAN DO IT!!

15 posted on 06/23/2007 11:17:22 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Williams said he also had arrested Benitez about one year before on suspicion of public drunkenness”

And he was never DEPORTED...

The Nashville police and courts should be sued and fired..

even jailed for criminal neglect and aiding and abetting or something.....

What a waste of a young precious life...

God comfort the family of Joycelyn Gardiner...


16 posted on 06/23/2007 11:18:07 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Metro got access in the spring to a new program which allows investigators to do detailed background checks including the status of immigrants”

This is NOT a new program...

Its 10 years old...287g is a provision of the Immigration Act of 1996 ...


17 posted on 06/23/2007 11:21:12 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FYI, The INS has only 20 agents to cover Tennessee, the east half of Arkansas, and the top half of Mississippi.


18 posted on 06/23/2007 11:27:42 PM PDT by AliVeritas (America, love it or leave it.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Corker and Alexander are too busy talking to Marna Vasquez, an illegal alien from Guatamala...She taught them all they know about immigrants..

She is more immportant to them than Joycelyn..

Or Dustin Inman, killed in GA..or the VA beach girls ...


19 posted on 06/23/2007 11:28:19 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Neu Pragmatist
And yet Bush presses our Congress to muster “the political courage “ to allow this nonsense to continue . Sickening ..

President Bush's "southern neighbors" showing respect for America:

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20 posted on 06/23/2007 11:39:28 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: NormsRevenge
I had my own sort of mini-preview of this kind of thing three or four years ago when I was involved in a "fender-bender" in a mall parking lot. Referring to the Google Maps page, I was coming from the upper left along a parking aisle, and making a left turn onto the lane at the intersection at the center of the diagram. It was winter, and there was snow piled up along the lane, obstructing vision. As I pulled out, I saw a car hurtling towards me from my left. I was puzzled because it was not slowing down. My thought was "Geez, he's going to hit me". And hit me he did. I think he finally slowed somewhat, but he clipped my left rear, near the gas fill pipe. Body damage, but nothing major. This guy didn't speak english. Apparently, he worked at an "organic" grocery store adjacent to the Borders' Books in the building to the upper left of the Google Maps page. Some guys appeared from the store, a friend of his, and a supervisor. I asked if he had insurance, "yes he has insurance" was the disgusted reply. I insisted on calling the cops. First thing the cop ( a young woman ) tells me is, "You're lucky this wasn't on the street, because it would be your fault." So, this guy is presumptively in the right. However, it wasn't on the street, it was in a parking lot.

Of course, I was down as "A" or whatever, being the presumptive bad actor. When I talked to my insurance rep, I asked if it didn't matter if he was speeding."Only if he was going 100 mph" was his answer. However, he didn't realize this was in a parking lot. When I told him, he made short work of the conversation, which I presumed was good for me, and I never heard much more about it.

I drive through this very spot quite often, and to this day, I can't understand how this guy was flying along they way he was, and why he didn't stop or slow down for me. Note there is an intersection just to the NE of where I pulled out, and it's a 3-way stop. He couldn't have been stopped there. The only thing I can figure is that he was on a work break, and was flying down this lane with the snow piles on either side like it was a bobsled run, but I'll never be able to understand what he thought he was doing. After the accident, I was standing there watching people creep along the parking lanes, and saw them stopping within half a car length.

21 posted on 06/23/2007 11:45:01 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

HAR DEE HAR HAR

22 posted on 06/24/2007 12:01:29 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I sent a copy of the article to my Senators, asking them to read before voting. I’ve also called both their offices to ask how they go to sleep each night knowing that their vote kills Americans.

Any Senator who votes for amnesty should be criminally responsible for every death.


23 posted on 06/24/2007 1:40:02 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1 - Take no prisoners))
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To: NTHockey
Dave Barry once wrote of Miami:

"Miami is a city made up of the people of 100 countries—all driving according to the rules of their native countries."

'Course now, Miami is down to about six countries' rules—all awful—a good thing Miami's got gridlock! :-0

24 posted on 06/24/2007 3:14:57 AM PDT by Does so
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"He became very combative and began to use profanity,"

He's a Brown Supremacist. How dare the police question him.

Check out this link to see what happens when Americans march in Los Angeles: VideoFest: ANSWER, Brown Supremacists Get Pwn3d By Various Patriots from The Jawa Report.

25 posted on 06/24/2007 4:35:51 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“There was no sound of breaks .......”
This is both a great effort at writing and editing. Is there any wonder that so many newpapers are in a financial pinch?


26 posted on 06/24/2007 5:59:27 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

this is just another reason for NO AMNESTY!!!!

1. build the fence ~ any illegal crossing ~ shoot to kill
2. stop anchor babies
3. NO social services for illegals
4. fine all employers hiring illegals and jail the ceo’s
5. no catch & release ~ except release into mexico

why can’t the no cajone republicans/lib-dems/jorge bush understand???


27 posted on 06/24/2007 6:26:56 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From last year....

City (Nashville) looks to deport criminal illegal immigrants via program

Sigh.

28 posted on 06/24/2007 6:32:19 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: em2vn
This is both a great effort at writing and editing. Is there any wonder that so many newpapers are in a financial pinch?

I'm seeing more and more uncorrected grammatical and spelling errors in the DBM.

I'm thinking this may be a result of 40-50 years of dumbing down of our educational system. First they got the primary and secondary systems. Those dumbed down kids enter college, graduate and get a job.

Their employer may, at first, have objected to their dumbness. But eventually the employer realized that ALL the kids were like this.

This has now been going on long enough that the reporters and the editors are all dumbed down. And the blind can't lead the blind.

FWIW, I've noticed this seems particularly bad in articles written by television station employees. That may be caused by TV stations hiring a pretty face first and journalistic ability second. Sad.

29 posted on 06/24/2007 6:34:56 AM PDT by upchuck (IMPORTANT! -> Immigration: What the Deal-Makers don't want you to know -> http://tinyurl.com/2pwp6o)
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To: upchuck

It’s hard to imagine that some universities have journalism schools and still they produce graduates who become journalists unfamiliar with the English language.
I prefer that they produce graduates who can become excellent writers and reporters.


30 posted on 06/24/2007 6:42:25 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: NormsRevenge

Just drunk-driving and killing the Americans that Americans are too lazy to kill.


31 posted on 06/24/2007 7:36:41 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: em2vn

Awful writing . I wonder how much they pay these people to write like this .


32 posted on 06/24/2007 7:49:54 AM PDT by Neu Pragmatist
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To: em2vn
I prefer that they produce graduates who can become excellent writers and reporters.

That would be my preference also. But, as they say, "It is what it is."

IMHO, that educational institutions have been hijacked by the leftists accounts for the bias we see/read/hear in the news.

33 posted on 06/24/2007 7:55:02 AM PDT by upchuck (IMPORTANT! -> Immigration: What the Deal-Makers don't want you to know -> http://tinyurl.com/2pwp6o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
is Nashville a “sanctuary” city?
34 posted on 06/24/2007 7:57:46 AM PDT by tioga (Fred Thompson for President.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Joycelyn Gardiner RIP.


35 posted on 06/24/2007 7:59:34 AM PDT by tioga (Fred Thompson for President.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Representatives said they had had no way of knowing that Benetiz was in the U.S. illegally during his previous arrests."

I can't update a passport and the clowns in the Senate are going to do backround checks on 20 million peasants?

Let's see... Pedro Santiago... Hmmmmm... there are 1 million Pedro Santiago's...APPROVED!

36 posted on 06/24/2007 8:01:47 AM PDT by Afronaut (Press 2 for English - Thanks Mr. President !)
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To: NormsRevenge

>>I can hardly wait until “they” can ‘come out of the shadows’.<<

And of course, after they get their “temporary permanent” legal status, police reports won’t show that they were once illegal aliens before that latest amnesty.


37 posted on 06/24/2007 10:31:12 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Illegals: representation without taxation--Citizens: taxation without representation)
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To: Tennessee Nana
The Nashville police and courts should be sued and fired..

Bttt

38 posted on 06/24/2007 10:45:30 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can finally say it's "Bush's Fault", and not be joking when I say it.
39 posted on 06/24/2007 10:49:44 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit (There's another old saying Senator..."Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.")
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

The “fix” is in. plain and simple.


40 posted on 06/24/2007 11:49:09 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... For want of a few good men, a once great nation was lost.)
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To: Travis McGee

Just drunk-driving and killing the Americans that Americans are too lazy to kill.

It is amazing that our elected officials are blind to this insanity,, and our media as well.

It is epidemic.

It is CRIMINAL.


41 posted on 06/24/2007 11:51:58 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... For want of a few good men, a once great nation was lost.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Gated Community Elites could give a rat’s rear end what’s happening out in Proleville.

You might as well tell them horror stories about Cairo or Bombay.

Big yawn, while clipping coupons.


42 posted on 06/24/2007 12:57:45 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

here’s a
Dubya and Teddy say “Just give ‘em amensty”
BUMP


43 posted on 06/24/2007 12:59:43 PM PDT by VOA
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