September 27, 2020

Laurel County Murder Suspect Apprehended

Police say just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, a family member found Johnny Benge, 69, and his wife Mary, 66, dead in their home on Tomcat Trail just outside London.

Investigators say they were found in the living room with multiple gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Their bodies were taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.


Following a statewide manhunt for the suspect, the couple’s son, Joseph Benge, 40, was found and arrested in Mayfield Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning, Laurel County sheriff’s deputies traveled to Western Kentucky to pick up Benge and bring him back to Laurel County.

Benge is charged with two counts of murder, robbery and theft by unlawful taking.

He is being held in the Laurel County Correctional Center.