Anna Benson, the estranged wife of Mets player Kris Benson, who was arrested last Monday for trying to rob her husband, was implicated in a murder back in 1996, the New York Daily News reported.
Benson, then 19, fled following the murder of 18-year-old Michael Evans in the Tennessee apartment she shared with her boyfriend, prompting authorities to go on a nationwide hunt for her. A dramatized version of the events that led to the chase was featured on an episode of ‘America’s Most Wanted.’
Benson was captured five months later, but the charges against her were dropped, the Daily News report said. Her boyfriend, Paul Dejongh, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and later died in prison.
“She got away with murder,” Evans’ father, Michael Evans Sr., told the Daily News. “I don’t know how she can live with herself knowing that she conspired to kill my son.”
“I’m really surprised that she was able to marry a professional baseball player,” Evans Sr. added. “From my vantage point, she’s a pure unadulterated bum.”
Benson’s second brush with the police came last Monday when her husband called law enforcement officers after she broke into his house carrying a gun and a metal baton. She was arrested and charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault with a weapon, one count of possession of a firearm during the crime, and one count of criminal trespass, TMZ reported.
Her mother, Gina Adams, came to her daughter’s defense on Sunday.
“I love her dearly. She’s a great person,” Adams told the Daily News. “She’s just out there. She’s just always been, you know, crazy Anna. That’s just who she is.”
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.