Anna Benson denied bail, remains in jail

Anna Benson, the estranged wife of former big league pitcher Kris Benson, was denied bail by a Cobb County judge here Friday and will remain behind bars. Benson is under a five-count indictment related to threatening Benson at his home July 7 when she demanded $30,000 from the millionaire pitcher. The former model and baseball celebrity wife, apparently flat broke, appeared in court Thursday with a court-appointed attorney who attempted to get her released on a $50,000 bond, guaranteed only by her signature. Judge C. LaTain Kell heard chief assistant district attorney Don Geary describe Benson as a flight risk and a general menace to society. Benson faces an indictment that includes Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony, Burglary in the First Degree, two counts of Aggravated Assault, and Possession of the Firearm During Commission of a Felony. Anna Benson entered Kris Benson’s home wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a gun, a two-sided knife, and a baton, which she used to smash his computer.

Kell said Anna Benson offered no proof that she has ties to the community and no significant local employment history or “evidence with regard to her reputation for reliability.”

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