Ga. Hospital Shootings Suspect Charged With Murder

By Salon Staff
January 8, 2012 2:36AM (UTC)
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FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. (AP) — A 59-year-old Tennessee man has been formally charged with murder in the fatal shootings of his wife and mother-in-law in the waiting room of a Georgia hospital.

A judge in north Georgia on Saturday charged James Benson of Chattanooga, Tenn., the day after police say he killed the two women at Hutcheson Medical Center.

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Benson did not speak during the brief hearing. Police say he worked as a security guard and had no criminal record, but was separated from his wife and had been seen fighting with her earlier in the week.

The suspect's wife, 56-year-old Mary Benson of Rossville, Ga., was killed Friday evening along with her mother, 76-year-old Charlotte Johnson.

Authorities said Benson drove to the police station and turned himself in after the shootings.


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