Last month a woman walked into the Johnson County Criminal Justice Center and told law enforcement officers that she had killed her husband. 46-year-old Leah Benjamin was taken into custody and officers were dispatched to her home. They found her husband Donald Benjamin deceased with three gunshot wounds.
Leah Benjamin was charged with first degree murder and she attended her preliminary hearing in Johnson County Circuit Court on Friday. After listening to the testimony from Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies and hearing recorded phone messages the defendant left for her husband, Circuit Court Judge John Sampson found a factual basis for the charges. Benjamin was bound over to 4th Judicial District Court on the first degree murder charge.
Defense Attorney Hardy Tate asked the judge to reduce Benjamin’s bail, saying that it was excessive and arguing that the defendant is not a flight risk. Sampson agreed that the bail may be high but declined to change it. Benjamin remains in the Johnson County Detention Center on a $1 Million cash bond. Her next appearance will be her arraignment in District Court, which has not been scheduled yet.