Former model Anna Benson, 37, is accused of entering Kris Benson’s house on Drewsbury Court in Smyrna just after 10 p.m. July 7 wearing a bulletproof vest while armed with a baton, handgun, extra ammunition and a double-edged knife. Once inside, she allegedly threatened to beat him and asked for $30,000.
But no shots were fired and Kris Benson left the house unhurt.
That didn’t help his wife, whom he is in the process of divorcing, get a bond from Judge Tain Kell.
Citing a previous case in which Anna Benson was charged with murder in Tennessee in the 1990s and fled to Oregon for five months, Kell decided that the risk of her fleeing again was too great to let her out of jail now. The murder charge in Tennessee ended up being dismissed.
Kris Benson, a former Sprayberry High School pitcher, retired from baseball in 2010. He filed for divorce from Anna Benson last year, and police reports indicate that she became upset after a Forsyth County court order forced her to vacate the couple’s marital home.
Anna Benson has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and one count each of criminal trespass and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. She is also accused of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and first-degree burglary.
“Thus, defendant has failed to meet her burden of producing evidence that she poses no significant risk of fleeing the jurisdiction,” Kell writes in his order for Cobb Superior Court.
Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said he was pleased Kell denied the bond.
“We were concerned that she might do that again,” Reynolds said, referring to how she fled to Oregon more than a decade ago.
In addition to the flight risk, Reynolds said he thought Benson should receive psychological evaluation while she was in custody, not after she was freed on bond as proposed by her defense attorney.
Benson has been an inmate in the Cobb County jail for the last 25 days. Her next court date is an arraignment hearing.
“That should be within the next two to three weeks,” Reynolds said. “At that arraignment she will enter a plea of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty.’ If she enters a plea of ‘not guilty’ then it will go on a trial calendar and begin working its way up to be resolved.”
Reynolds expects she will ask for a jury trial.
The case has attracted national and even international attention. A reporter for a Japanese production company based in New York has requested a television interview with Anna Benson. Baseball is perhaps Japan’s most popular sport.
Kris Benson last played in the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010. He also played with the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers.
The couple married in 1999 and had three children together.
Anna Benson filed for divorce in 2006, but later withdrew the petition. She reportedly met Kris Benson while working as a dancer at an Atlanta strip club, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
Her modeling career reportedly has included a topless spread in Penthouse magazine and racy cover shots for FHM magazine.