ERLANGER AT HUTCHESON OFFICIALS WILL BEGIN AN EVALUATION OF THE HOSPITAL’S SECURITY THIS WEEK… AFTER A DOUBLE-HOMICIDE IN THE ICU WAITING ROOM LAST FRIDAY NIGHT.
    AFTER SHOOTING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE AND MOTHER-IN-LAW… 59 YEAR OLD JAMES BENSON DROVE HIMSELF TO THE FORT OGLETHORPE POLICE DEPARTMENT… WALKED IN WITH A SODA IN HIS HAND… AND SAID:  "I’M THE GUY YOU’RE LOOKING FOR". 
    BENSON IS NOW CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF MURDER… AND IS LODGED IN THE WALKER COUNTY JAIL.  THE DEAD WERE IDENTIFIED AS HIS WIFE, 56 YEAR OLD MARY SUE BENSON… AND HER MOTHER, 76 YEAR OLD CHARLOTTE JOHNSON.
    ACCOUNTS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT INDICATE THE TWO WOMEN WERE AT THE HOSPITAL TO VISIT A RELATIVE, WHEN JAMES BENSON ENTERED THE SECOND FLOOR WAITING ROOM… AND A SHOUTING-MATCH ENSUED.  HE REPORTEDLY TOLD THE WOMEN:  "YOU’LL BE SORRY".  HE THEN WENT TO HIS CAR… RETURNED WITH A PISTOL… AND SHOT THE TWO WOMEN.  HIS WIFE DIED INSTANTLY… BUT HER MOTHER WAS FLOWN TO ERLANGER, AND DIED THERE.
    SHERIFF STEVE WILSON SAID BENSON HAD NO PREVIOUS CRIMINAL HISTORY.  HE IS ON SUICIDE WATCH AT THE JAIL, WHICH IS STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR THIS TYPE OF CASE. 

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