A 27-year-old Lincoln Park man was indicted yesterday on a felony murder charge in the highly publicized Dec. 27 fatal shooting of a neigbor, Frank Flook.
A Superior Court grand jury handed up the indictment against Gregory A. Benson, of 1523 A St. NE.
The indictment came 32 days after a Superior Court judge dismissed a first-degree murder charge against Benson in the case.
Flook, 33, who lived next door to Benson at 1521 A St. NE, was shot about 9:30 p.m. as he tried to help his wife, Marilyn, keep two men from forcing their way into the Flooks' home.
Just before the shooting, Flook's wife said she had opened the door partially after looking out a window and seeing a male figure she mistook for a newspaper carrier.
As she opened a dead-bolt lock, she said two men began pushing against the door from the outside. Struggling to keep the door closed, she shouted for her husband, who was upstairs.
When he came down, she said, one of the two men reached around the door with a pistol and fired. Flook was hit once in the head.
The Flooks were the only white couple living in the block of row houses. The shooting prompted outraged friends and neighbors, black and white, to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Benson, a member of one of the most popular families on the street was arrested March 18 after appearing in a lineup at police headquarters.
On April 4, D.C. Superior Court Judge David Norman dismissed a first-degree murder charge against Benson, asserting that the police lacked sufficient evidence to arrest him.
Gregory Benson has maintained his innocence, and the suspect's father has said his son was playing cards in the family home with his sisters and friends a the time of the shooting.
The day after Benson's arrest in March it was reported that a grand jury was hearing evidence in the shooting of Flook.
Most of Flook's neighbors reportedly had appeared before the grand jury, and according to one account, the Benson family was summoned on March 19 to appear before the grand jury the following day.