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05-04-2013, 09:01 AM

Suspect Sought in Fatal Brooklyn Stabbing
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | Updated 10:51 AM EDT


Police are seeking a 49-year-old man in the stabbing death of a woman in Brooklyn Friday afternoon.

Benjamin Braxton is accused of stabbing 48-year-old Raynell Howington inside the lobby of a building on MacDougal Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Police say the two had been arguing when Braxton stabbed Howington several times in the torso and then kicked her while she was on the ground.

Emergency responders pronounced Howington dead at the scene.

Braxton is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and 220 pounds. Police have released a mug shot of Braxton from an earlier arrest:rolleyes: (see above).

The Bobster
05-12-2016, 04:56 PM

Girlfriend killer hides in jail cell while judge gives him 25-year term
By Emily Saul
May 12, 2016 | 5:32pm

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The fambly of Raynell Howington reacts after the sentencing of Benjamin Braxton. Photo: Stephen Yang

A man who murdered his girlfriend with a box-cutter refused to face his fate — and his victim’s family — Thursday, hiding in the holding cell as a Brooklyn judge sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison for the “heinous” public slaughter of the woman who loved him.

Benjamin Braxton had just gotten out of prison for the attempted murder of a former girlfriend when he attacked Raynell Howington, 48, in the lobby of the Brownsville residential facility where they both lived.

The 52-year-old killer was convicted of second-degree murder last month.

Braxton, now 52, hacked at Howington’s legs first and then watched her feebly attempt to crawl away before he descended on her with the blade again, cutting her stomach and finally slicing her neck.

“In the video, he appears to step back in a perverted way and admire the results,” Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice William Harrington recalled grimly before he sentenced Braxton.

Benjamin Braxton

“And when he realized she wasn’t dead, he went back in. And then, in the words of one of the witnesses, he walked away as if nothing had happened.

“This was a heinous murder, he used a box cutter which has a very small blade,” the judge continued. “The amount of force needed to cut so deeply with a very small blade must have been tremendous.”

Some of Howington’s family members in the packed gallery whimpered softly as the judge recounted the gruesome details of her final moments.

Braxton and Howington had been dating for a year, authorities said, while living at The MacDougal Street Apartments — a center for people with mental-health diagnoses.

Howington’s daughter, Carmelia Fluker, read a poem to honor her mother in place of a victim statement.

“How am I supposed to find peace, when I’m mentally and emotionally distracted — haunted by your actions,” Fluker read from the pew as tears ran down the faces of those beside her.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Erskine said before the sentencing, “If ever there was a case that warranted this sentence, it was this one.

“This location is now haunted by this memory of what Braxton did,” Erskine said, referencing the shelter, which she said was supposed to be a “safe haven.”

“The people of the state of New York deserve to be safe from Benjamin Braxton,” she concluded.

Harrington concurred, saying Braxton “showed a propensity to commit violent felonies” and would likely continue to commit them and therefore deserved to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Howington’s family and friends sobbed and hugged one another after the order, yelling “thank you, your honor!” and hugging the prosecutor.

“This defendant brutally attacked his girlfriend and left her to die in a hallway,” Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said in a statement. “He should now spend many years in prison to punish him and to protect society.”