published Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Erlanger at Hutcheson shooter’s case could be headed to trial in May

James Benson
James Benson
Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Chattanooga man charged with killing his estranged wife and mother-in-law in an Erlanger at Hutcheson waiting room pleaded not guilty today during his arraignment.

James Benson, 59, is charged with two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

He was arrested on Jan. 6 after police said he shot and killed his wife, Mary Sue Benson, 56, and her mother, Charlotte Johnson, 77, in an intensive care unit waiting room.

His case could be going to trial this May in Walker County Superior Court, court officials said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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