Where Is Ashley Benefield Now?
Ashley Benefield is currently out on bail after pleading not guilty to the murder of her husband, Doug Benefield. She faces second-degree murder charges and will go on trial this summer.
The allegations against her stem from a five-week inquiry by local authorities into the gunshot murder of her husband, 59.
The ex-ballerina said authorities she shot her spouse in self-defense after a marital fight. However, there is no evidence to back up this assertion.
I just watched this! Why is #AshleyBenefield out on bond when she killed her husband #DougBenefield? She definitely fabricated all that story to support her murder. #48Hours #TheBlackSwanMurder #BlackSwan https://t.co/pyE0jyephV— Larissa’s inflatables (@DaBlackB2) June 11, 2022
According to ABC 7 WWSB, the ballet dancer's spouse was shot shortly before 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2020.
He was shot two times and died as a result of his injuries in a nearby hospital.
The Florida officers' investigation discovered no proof that the ballet dancer had been physically assaulted before she reportedly shot her husband to death.
However, Ashley has filed repeated petitions claiming Doug of domestic assault, as seen on the county documents.
Furthermore, detectives discovered that on each occasion, the ballet dancer did not appear to be abused by the spouse she would allegedly shoot to death.
In Charleston, South Carolina, the doomed pair launched a ballet company in 2017. The couple was separated and embroiled in a custody struggle over their kid, Eva Benefield, at the time of the shooting.
Ashley was living with her mother at the time of the incident that took Doug's life.
According to News Channel 8, no one was present besides the ballet dancer and her husband when he was reportedly shot.
On the day of the incident, Doug was visiting Ashley and Alicia's place on a Sunday night. Ashley's mother, Alicia decides to take their baby down to the local park for a stroll.
Ashley remained with Doug when a neighbor soon heard cries and contacted 911. Ashley then proceeded to another neighbor's house, carrying her 45 caliber weapon.
She walks next door with a pistol in her hand and informs the neighbor, "In self-defense, I shot Doug." The next-door neighbor dials 911.