9-Year-Old Testifies Against Man in Shooting of Mother

Officials say defendant knew about cash in victim's safe

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    Wilson Benitez faces aggravated robbery charges for shooting a Mesquite mother in front of her 9-year-old daughter. Police say Benitez pretended to deliver flowers when he attacked Edna Clement last December.

    A North Texas man is on trial for shooting a Mesquite mother right in front of the woman's 9-year-old daughter.

    Wilson Benitez, 40, is charged with aggravated robbery in the attack last December.

    The 9-year-old girl told jurors on Tuesday that a man pretending to deliver flowers attacked her and shot her mother, Edna Element, on the morning of Dec. 14, 2011.

    The girl said Benitez ran away after the shooting with her mother's cellphone and the house phone. With no way to call for help, Clement told her daughter to run to a neighbor's house.

    The girl said she was scared during the encounter.

    Prosecutors said Benitez came to the family's house in the 2100 block of Bent Brook in Mesquite to rob Clement of $50,000 in cash that she kept in a safe.

    Officials have alleged that Element's husband was having an affair and told his girlfriend, Benitez's sister, about the safe.

    When Clement took the stand, she testified that the gunman told her he wanted to kill her because of what her husband did to him

    The defense says prosecutors have the wrong man.

    The trial will continue Wednesday morning. Attorneys said they hope to wrap up the trial before the end of the week.