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Bond denied for ‘Baseball Wife’ Benson
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Bond denied for ‘Baseball Wife’ Benson

Bond denied for ‘Baseball Wife’ Benson
Photo Credit: Bob Andres
In a navy jail suit, Anna Benson, 37, sat quietly Thursday afternoon in Cobb County Superior Court as her attorney asked Judge LaTain Kell to grant $50,000 bond, along with numerous stipulations, including psychological evaluation and treatment. Benson has been in jail since July 7, when she was arrested after allegedly threatening her husband, armed with several weapons, at his Smyrna home.

Bond denied for ‘Baseball Wife’ Benson

Her attorney asked for $50,000 bond, along with an ankle monitor and psychological treatment for the estranged wife of former big league pitcher Kris Benson.

But a Cobb County Superior Court judge denied that request Friday, meaning Anna Benson will have to stay in jail. Judge LaTain Kell issued his decision one day after Benson appeared in court, citing violations in a previous court order out of Forsyth County.

“Despite the Court’s order that Defendant vacate the marital residence, she allegedly returned to the home with a handgun, ammunition, a knife, and a metal baton and threatened her estranged spouse and demanded money from him,” Kell wrote in his decision. “There was no evidence presented that the domestic circumstances which preceded these alleged events have changed.”

A Cobb County Grand Jury indicted her Thursday on an assortment assault and burglary charges before her court appearance. Kell requested the indictment before issuing his decision.

In a navy jail suit, Anna Benson, 37, sat quietly Thursday afternoon while her attorney asked Kell to grant bond with numerous stipulations. Benson has been in jail since July 7, when she was arrested after allegedly threatening her husband while armed with several weapons at his Smyrna home.

Prosecutors contend that Benson is a threat to others and should not be released. She was indicted for criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, burglary in the first degree, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Kell said he needed to see the indictment and needed additional information on the psychological treatment the defense is proposing before he could make a decision on bond. Kell did not indicate how soon he expected to make a decision, but attorneys on both sides agreed to provide needed documentation quickly.

On the night of July 7, Anna Benson was heavily armed when she broke into her husband’s home and demanded $30,000, police previously said.

Officers arrived at the 1160 block of Drewsbury Court to find Benson, star of the VH-1 reality series, “Baseball Wives,” wearing a bullet proof vest and an ammunition belt containing several rounds. She had a “Batman” knife in her waistband, a police-issue baton in her hands and a revolver in her purse, according to the incident report.

Assistant DA Don Geary said Benson was just trying to scare her husband, but had a weapon “designed to blow holes in things.” Kris Benson, Geary said, feared for his life and called police while hiding outside.

She was arrested the night of the incident and has been held the past 24 days without bond at the Cobb County jail.

Anna Benson’s attorney, Rick Christian, told the court it was an isolated incident of domestic violence.

Kris Benson filed for divorce from his wife in March 2012 in Forsyth County, where the couple previously lived, records show. Their divorce has not yet been finalized. The couple has three children together.

On May 30, Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Bagley issued an order for Anna Benson to vacate the Smyrna home by June 3.

“She had no problem intimidating a witness. She went after him with a gun,” Geary said. “She had no problem committing a felony.”

Her current charges are the first felonies she’s faced in Georgia. But Benson was charged in 1996 in Tennessee with murder, a charge that was later dismissed. Her attorney said Thursday she isn’t a flight risk and, if released from jail, she will be make her upcoming court appearances in Forsyth and Cobb counties.

“Judge, she’s not a threat,” Christian said. “She takes one wrong step, she’s knows she’s going back to jail.”

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