Former city of Chatsworth firefighter Timothy Benson has been indicted by a Murray County grand jury on 10 criminal counts related to an April incident in which several shots were reportedly fired during a domestic dispute.
Benson surrendered to authorities after his wife and a child were able to leave their home and go to a next door neighbor’s house, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a press release in April.
Benson was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault (family violence), cruelty to children in the first degree, two counts of false imprisonment, battery/simple battery (family violence), two counts of terroristic threats and acts, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
According to the charges brought to the grand jury by District Attorney Bert Poston, Benson threatened to kill his wife and child during the incident and threatened to kill himself. During the night, Benson shot several times into the bedroom floor and attempted to strangle his wife.
According to records at the county jail, Benson was released from custody on April 20 on a $75,000 bond. Benson waived arraignment and is scheduled for a calendar call in Superior Court on Aug. 24, according to the clerk of court’s office.
A message left at the office of Benson’s attorney, Joshua Weiss in Chattanooga, seeking comment was not immediately returned.
In other actions by the grand jury:
• Leonard Dewayne Lawson Jr. of Chatsworth said when he was arrested in November of last year that he didn’t stab anyone and it was just a matter of another man “running his mouth.” The grand jury declined to indict Lawson on counts of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, returning a “no bill.”
According to the sheriff’s office report of the incident, Lawson and a man had been fighting and the man said Lawson attacked him from behind with a knife. Deputies documented lacerations to the right side of the man’s face and to one of his hands. There was also a puncture wound in his upper left chest.
“I have never stabbed anybody in my life and it is my word against his,” Lawson said at the time of his arrest. “... I plan on getting an attorney and fighting this.”
Messages left Thursday for Lawson were not immediately returned.
• Jason Lee Thrasher, 31, of Chatsworth was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault (family violence) after reportedly threatening a woman who was living with him with a screwdriver and a handgun, which turned out to be a BB gun. The March incident also resulted in indictments on terroristic threats and acts and battery (family violence).