DAILYKENN.com -- Anesthesiologist Jessica Colker was raped and murdered on her first day vacationing with her husband in Grenada.
Police are questioning released convict Dave Martin Benjamin.
Dr. Colker was 39.
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A man being quizzed over the brutal rape and murder of an American tourist in Grenada had only been released from prison a month ago after being jailed for child rape, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Police sources on the Caribbean island said David Benjamin was freed in December after serving 15 years.
He is suspected of killing Jessica Colker who was attacked as she walked along a deserted beach with her husband on the first day of her holiday on the paradise Caribbean island.
Colker, an anesthesiologist from Atlanta Georgia, is said to have been raped before being stabbed to death with a cutlass.
An autopsy has yet to be carried out to determine the exact cause of death of the 39-year-old and whether she was sexually assaulted.
Benjamin walked into a police station in the Parish of St David’s the day after Colker’s body was found in an area of mangroves near the La Sages hotel in St David’s where she and her husband were staying.
A police source told Daily Mail.com: 'Benjamin was set free in December. He had been locked away for the rape of a young child.'
Benjamin, who has three teardrops under his left eye that in gang culture means he has killed or is prepared to kill, has not yet been charged.
He is being held at St George’s Police station in the island’s capital and was questioned by detectives on Monday. It is not known if he has a lawyer.Unconfirmed reports on the island suggested Colker’s throat had been cut and she also suffered multiple stab wounds.
Grenada Police spokesman Sylvan McIntyre said of Benjamin: 'What I can tell you now is that he is in custody. He was not captured, but he turned himself in and our investigations will continue, as we believe he can assist us with our investigation into the incident.'
McIntyre said Benjamin had been released from prison after being convicted of rape and carnal knowledge.
Until recently the set jail term for rape in Grenada was 15 years.
A recent amendment to the criminal code means that any person who is convicted of rape is sentenced to prison for a maximum of 35 years.
Grenada’s criminal courts have been dominated by sexual related offences, accounting for more than one-third of all the cases before the High Court for trial.
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