Brothers charged in rape, murder of 16-year-old boy Washington



Brothers charged in rape, murder of teen boy

Two brothers, Jonathon Adamson and Benito Marquez, charged in the murder of Washington 16-year-old Benjamin Eastman. They are faced with the costs of the first-degree murder, first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful removal of the remains.

Two brothers were charged in the brutal murder of a 16-year-old boy in the us state of Washington on Monday after the teenager’s remains were found in a shallow grave last week.

Jonathon Adamson, 21, and Benito Marquez, 16, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court, where they were charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful removal of the remains in the death of Benjamin Eastman, according to Q13FOX.

Charging documents obtained by Q13FOX, prosecutors said phone records show the brothers lured the 16-year-old in the woods on June 24 for a camping trip in Randle, about 110 miles south of Seattle.

Adamson told detectives that after Eastman, a member of the brothers, he was knocked to the ground and kicked more than 100 times per pair, according to the court documents. At one point, the 21-year-old allegedly told the police that the brothers sexually assaulted the teenager with a stick, while he was still alive, Q13FOX reported.

Jonathon Adamson and Benito Marquez was charged Monday in the murder of Benjamin Eastman.


Eastman was allegedly struck repeatedly in the head with a stone to make sure he was dead before he was buried by the brothers in the tomb. After the burning of the 16-year-old clothes and objects belonging to the digging of the grave, the brothers dug Eastman body back up, and buried him in another place, out of fear of the first site would be discovered, court documents, obtained by Q13FOX listed.


The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the delegates came in a shallow grave on the 28th of June, but were initially told the tomb was for a dog that had recently died. Officers, but felt the information was suspect in the light of the recent report of the runaway/missing juveniles.”

It was after the clearing of the site that officials found the remains, which were later identified as Eastman. A coroner has ruled that Eastman died of blunt force trauma to the head, The Olympian reported.

Classmates from Eastman described the 16-year-old as “always joking” and someone who would do anything for a friend.

“If you ever needed anything he was there,” Peyton White told Q13FOX. “He would you the shirt of his back.”

Prosecutors decided on Monday to charge Marquez as an adult, and the judge ordered the brothers held on $ 10 million bail.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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