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A man wanted in connection with a Garberville fatal shooting is back in Humboldt County after he was arrested in Lake Havasu, Arizona, on May 12, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office announced Monday, June 2.

Sheriff's office Lt. Steve Knight said 33-year-old Benjamin Jasper Carter was booked into the Humboldt County jail on Sunday, June 1 on suspicion of murder and arson.

"What typically happens when someone is arrested in another state is that you need a governor's warrant to bring them back, unless the person waives extradition," Knight said. "Carter waived extradition, so two correctional officers flew to Kingman, Ariz., where he was being held, and they arrived yesterday [May 31]."

Knight said he didn't know why Carter waived extradition.

"He was arrested on a Ramey warrant, which means the warrant bypasses the district attorney's office and goes right to a judge to be signed," Knight said. "With this magnitude of a case, though, we've been communicating with the DA's office, so it's not entirely out of left field."

The Ramey warrant was signed by Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John Feeney on May 15, according to Knight. Humboldt County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neel said Carter was schedule for arraignment Wednesday, June 4.


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Carter was wanted in connection with the April 16 fatal shooting of Zackery Jacob Chapman — who was found off Kitmu Road on the riverbank near Tooby Memorial Park. Carter was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman, Arizona, while awaiting extradition, according to a report by the Lake Havasu City Police Department. He was seen leaving a Lake Havasu City apartment building May 12, leading the local police department to serve a search warrant on behalf of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Officials said he was staying with a relative.

Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John Feeney listed Benjamin Jasper Carter's charges in two counts. The first charge is murder with a special allegation of discharging a firearm with the intent to cause great bodily harm, and the second is arson with a special allegation of a prior conviction for a first degree burglary from 2002.

No details of the case were discussed at the hearing, and Carter only spoke briefly to his defense attorney Michael Acosta. During his arraignment last Wednesday, Carter pleaded not guilty through his attorney to charges of murder and arson — with both counts having special allegations.

His preliminary hearing is set for June 17 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom One. Humboldt County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neel represented the prosecution.

Carter was wanted in connection to the April 16 fatal shooting of 36-year-old Zackery Jacob Chapman, who was found off Kitmu Road near Tooby Memorial Park in Garberville.

"I believe it's on record that Carter and Chapman were friends," Acosta said after the arraignment.

Carter was arrested on suspicion of murder and arson on May 12 by officers with the Lake Havasu City Police Department in Arizona after he was seen exiting an apartment building, according to a report by the Lake Havasu City Police. Officials said Carter was staying with family after fleeing Humboldt County. He was taken into custody after officers served a search warrant on him. Carter was held in Kingman, Ariz., until his extradition on June 1.

Carter is being held at the Humboldt County jail on $1.25 million bail.