Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mississippi: Transportation Security Administration Official Charged In Woman's Stabbing Death. (With Video)

[Ruben Benitez]
D'Iberville Police Dept.

D'IBERVILLE, Miss. -- A high-ranking TSA official has been arrested in connection with the death of 43-year-old Stacey Wright, who was found dead earlier this week inside her D'Iberville apartment.

Police Chief Wayne Payne said his department's investigation began Saturday night, when a concerned relative called to ask that police check on Wright. They were unable to locate her.

Police found Wright's body Sunday morning after building security unlocked the apartment door for them. She had been stabbed to death, Payne said.

Ruben Orlando Benitez, 45, of Jackson, was arrested in Jackson on Tuesday and is charged in connection with Wright's death, Payne said.

Investigators said Benitez and Wright both worked for the Transportation Security Administration. Benitez is second in command at Jackson's TSA.

Police said Benitez and Wright got into an altercation Saturday at Wright's apartment, which led to her death. TSA officials would not discuss the relationship between the two.

Benitez was being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $3 million bond.

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