Concord Police Arrest Woman on Murder Charges for November Killing

January 25, 2012

The following information is from the Concord Police Department:

On 11/25/11 Concord Police Officers and Consolidated Fire Department personnel were sent to a residence in the 3600 block of Wren Avenue regarding a 47 year old male subject who stopped breathing. Officers and Fire Fighters attempted life saving measures which were unsuccessful. The long term girlfriend who reported the death told officers the victim had a history of significant health and medical issues which were ultimately confirmed. The victim’s death was classified and investigated as a natural cause death.

On 01/17/12 Concord Police Department Major Crimes Detectives were contacted by a potential witness alleging the death was in fact a homicide caused by the victim’s long term girlfriend. In the following days Detectives obtained additional evidence supporting and corroborating the fact the girlfriend had suffocated and killed the victim during a physical altercation.

On 01/20/12 Detectives served an arrest warrant for the suspect, 41 year old Concord resident Dava Alizabeth-Ann Steen, and took her into custody. A search warrant was served at the residence and additional items of evidence seized.

On 01/24/12 the investigation was presented to the Contra Costa County District Attorneys Office and homicide charges were obtained against Dava Alizabeth-Ann Steen for the murder of her boyfriend, Danny Ray Bennett.

No further information is being released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Major Crimes Unit Detective Greg Pardella at (925) 603-5922. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the Concord Police Department Tip-line at (925) 603-5836.

Source: Claycord/Bay Area News Talk