Anna Benson, the hot ‘Baseball Wives‘ star, once implicated in a murder
Former Mets pitcher Kris Benson‘s ex-wife, then Anna Warren, was the subject of a manhunt in 1996 after an 18-year-old man was killed in the Tennessee apartment she shared with her boyfriend.
By Rich Schapiro / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Sunday, July 14, 2013,
Courtesy of Cobb County Sheriff’s Office
Former “Baseball Wives” star Anna Benson’s recent run-in with the law is not her first instance of legal trouble. After a bloody 1996 killing in Knoxville, Tenn., she and then-boyfriend Paul Dejongh were charged with murder.
“Get rid of him,” she allegedly told her beau before he carried out the slaying, the lead investigator told The News, quoting witnesses.
Benson, then a 19-year-old named Anna Warren, hightailed it out of town with her man after the bloody slaying in Knoxville.
Tennessee cops obtained warrants charging Warren and her boyfriend, Paul Dejongh, 19, with the murder of Michael Evans, court records show.
She was captured five months later, but all charges against her were eventually dropped – infuriating the victim’s family.
“She got away with murder,” Evans’ father, Michael Evans Sr., fumed to The News.
“I don’t know how she can live with herself knowing that she conspired to kill my son.”
Anna Benson’s dark side returned last week when she allegedly burst inside her estranged hubby’s suburban Atlanta home — armed to the teeth and threatening him with a gun.
“She got away with murder,” Evans’ father, Michael Evans Sr., said.
Evans Sr., a nuclear engineer based in Knoxville, said it was only after he was contacted by a News reporter that he learned Warren went on to wed a star pitcher.
“I’m really surprised that she was able to marry a professional baseball player,” Evans Sr. added. “From my vantage point, she’s a pure unadulterated bum.”
Warren’s life back then was indeed nothing like the world of luxury she would inhabit years later after marrying Benson.
In the mid-1990s, Warren was living inside a filthy Knoxville apartment, its walls covered with disturbing anti-cop graffiti and satanic messages.
“The only good pig is a dead pig,” read one message reported in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Someone scrawled “666” on one wall. Written on another, in felt-tip pen, was “187” — the California penal code for murder of a police officer.
By 8 a.m. on Jan. 22, 1996, those walls were spattered with blood. Detectives called to the apartment found a gruesome scene: Evans’ lifeless body splayed facedown near the front door – two bullet holes in his head.
Evans was an unlikely murder victim. He was a community college student from a well-to-do family who was preparing to enlist in the Navy.1