Local News

Woman Shot, Boyfriend Arrested

Posted July 18, 2007 9:39 p.m. EDT
Updated July 18, 2007 11:18 p.m. EDT

— A woman was listed in critical condition Wednesday night after she was shot at her house in Johnston County, authorities said.

Sheriff’s officials arrested the woman's boyfriend, James Todd Benson, 31, who lived in the house with her. The woman's name has not been released.

The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. at 1649 Strickland Crossroads Road near Four Oaks, officials said. The woman was taken to Johnston Memorial and then airlifted to Duke Medical Center.

Benson was being held in the Johnston County Jail on $500,000 bond, officials said.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting a serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacturing of marijuana.

His status as a felon stems from a 2004 conviction in Johnston County for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to state Department of Correction records.