Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/23/14
The wife of former MLB pitcher Kris Benson, Anna Benson, who recently made headlines by attacking her former husband while wielding a gun and wearing a bullet proof vest, was once charged with the murder of an 18-year-old man in 1996.Michael Evans was found dead in the graffiti-covered apartment in Knoxville, Tn. that Anna Benson, Anna Warren at the time, shared with her boyfriend. The murder charge was eventually dropped because a lack of evidence. Anna met Kris Benson later in that sae year.According to reports, Evans was murdered following an altercation in the apartment in which Anna allegedly told her boyfriend, Paul Dejongh, to "get rid of him." Anna's boyfriend apparently took the meaning of that statement to kill.In the mid-1990s, Warren was living inside a filthy Knoxville apartment, its walls covered with disturbing anti-cop graffiti and satanic messages.“The only good pig is a dead pig,” read one message reported in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.Someone scrawled “666” on one wall. Written on another, in felt-tip pen, was “187” — the California penal code for murder of a police officer.By 8 a.m. on Jan. 22, 1996, those walls were spattered with blood. Detectives called to the apartment found a gruesome scene: Evans’ lifeless body splayed facedown near the front door – two bullet holes in his head.A manhunt ensued as both Warren and Dejongh fled the country and were eventually featured on an episode of America's Most Wanted. Warren was captured two years later while Dejongh was captured two months after Warren.Dejongh was eventually convicted of first-degree muder, but the conviction was reversed on appeal and he pleaded to second-degree murder, hit with a 21-year prison sentence. He has since died in prison while serving his time.
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