S. Utah man, 76, arrested after wife found dead

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:02 PM


WASHINGTON — A 76-year-old man from Washington City has been arrested after his wife was found dead in their home.

Washington City police say David Benson was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder. He was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility, and bail has been set at $500,000.

Police say they responded after a family member found the woman dead in the Pine View Estates subdivision. Authorities say she died from trauma inflicted by a blunt object, but didn’t confirm her name or age.

Friends said they were shocked by the news. They told The Salt Lake Tribune the two were kind and gentle and often seen taking walks together hand-in-hand.

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