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Second man charged in La Crosse robbery after victim ID'd him on Facebook

Second man charged in La Crosse robbery after victim ID'd him on Facebook

From the What you missed this week in notable La Crosse crimes and court cases series

A second man was charged Friday in connection with an armed robbery last month on La Crosse’s North Side.

Audie C. Benford-Murphy, 27, La Crosse, appeared in La Crosse County Circuit Court after he was identified through social media as the second man who stole guns and electronics during an Oct. 1 home invasion, along with George L. Goins, 37.

According to the complaint, Goins and Benford-Murphy entered the home on the 500 block of Caledonia Street after the resident got home at about 1:45 p.m. Oct. 1. The woman walked through the home, went into her bedroom and looked in the mirror to find the two men coming toward her.

Audie C. Benford-Murphy


George Goins mug


Goins and Benford-Murphy pointed a revolver at her and rummaged through her belongings, taking a revolver, a .22-calibre rifle and a 9-millimeter handgun, as well as ammunition, the woman’s phone and a computer, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim was able to use Facebook to identify Benford-Murphy from photos taken by her home security system. A police officer recognized Goins from the same system.

Benford-Murphy was convicted Wednesday of battery by prison and sentenced to five years in prison and two years on extended supervision. Judge Gloria Doyle granted a signature bond in his latest case, noting that he won’t be out on the streets due to that conviction.

Goins remains in the La Crosse County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond ordered last month by Judge Ramona Gonzalez.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or

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