Former model Anna Benson was denied bail by a Cobb County judge.
Benson was arrested on July 8 after threatening her ex-husband, former Pittsburg Pirates pitcher Kris Benson, at his home with a gun and metal baton. She was wearing a bulletproof vest and threatened to shoot her ex if he didn’t give her $30,000.
Kris Benson gave her some money and called the police when she left. Anna Benson was charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault with a weapon, criminal trespass, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
Benson appeared in court Thursday with a court-appointed attorney who tried to get the former model released on $50,000 bond, guaranteed by her signature. Chief assistant district attorney Don Geary said she was a flight risk and a menace to society. He also said that she was under a bond in Tennessee when she jumped bail in 1996 in a murder-related case.
According to the New York Daily News, 19-year-old woman Anna Warren was sought for the murder of 18-year-old Michael Evans. Her 19-year-old boyfriend Paul Dejongh, whom she ordered to kill Evans was captured and later died in prison. Warren was found in Portland five months later, but the case against her was dismissed. The Daily News claimed that Anna Benson is Anna Warren.
Judge C. LaTain Kell denied bail, and Benson remains in jail.
Kell said the 37-year-old offered no proof that she has ties to the community, and that she doesn’t have significant local work history. She also had no other evidence to prove that she wouldn’t leave the state of Georgia if she had been granted bail.
Anna Benson’s court-appointed attorney, Rick Christian, asked that she be released so she could undergo a psychological exam out of state. He also proposed that she wear an ankle monitor and be banned from entering Cobb County, where Kris Benson lives with their children.