A Chattanooga man accused of unloading his gun on his estranged wife and mother-in-law in a hospital waiting room has been indicted on multiple murder charges this week.
A Walker County Grand Jury indicted 59-year-old James Benson on 10 charges on Tuesday, including two counts of malice murder and two counts of felony murder, according to the Clerk of Court’s Office.
Benson was arrested in early January after police said he opened fired in an Intensive Care Unit waiting room at Erlanger at Hutcheson killing, 56-year-old Mary Sue Benson and her 77-year-old mother, Charlotte Johnson.
No one else was harmed in the shooting. But James Benson was able to leave the hospital and drive away without being stopped. Police say he then went to the Fort Oglethorpe police station and turned himself in.
For complete details see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...