Gag or­der is­sued in dis­mem­ber­ment case

For­mal charges is­sued in case

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tyler Smith

The New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion have is­sued a self-im­posed gag or­der on new in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the Franklin Ben­son in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We are shut­ting down is­su­ing progress re­ports on the case,” said NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son. “The me­dia at­ten­tion on this case has just be­come too great. We don’t want the de­fense or the sus­pect to know ev­ery part of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing and as of Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the head and torso of vic­tim Leslyan Wil­liams, 49, of Decatur, has yet to be found.

“We have some very vi­able leads right now,” Wat­ter­son said of the case.

Ben­son, who is cur­rently be­ing held in the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, has been charged with un­law­fully re­mov­ing hu­man body parts from the scene of death, mur­der, felony mur­der and con­ceal­ing death of an­other per­son.

Ben­son is ac­cused of killing Wil­liams and dis­mem­ber­ing her body be­fore dis­pos­ing of her hands, arms, legs and feet in a neigh­bor­hood off of Ga. High­way 212 on Oct. 29.

In a sep­a­rate mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Rick Breedlove, 54, has been for­mally charged with mur­der and pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony.

Breedlove al­legedly shot his girl­friend Pam Spencer, 49, with a .357 Mag­num re­volver be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self.

Wat­ter­son said Breedlove was cur­rently in se­ri­ous but stable con­di­tion in an At­lanta hospi­tal. He has re­port­edly not re­gained con­scious­ness since the in­ci­dent.

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