MS TSA official charged in D'Ibervile stabbing

Published: Sep. 20, 2011 at 12:28 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2011 at 8:05 PM CDT
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Stacey D. Wright
Stacey D. Wright
Ruben Orlando Benitez
Ruben Orlando Benitez

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - After a joint effort from multiple law enforcement agencies, authorities have arrested, Ruben Orlando Benitez, 45, of Jackson in connection with the stabbing death of Stacey D. Wright of Jackson.

Wright was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Landmark Apartments in D'Iberville on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

Sources in Jackson said, Benitez served as one of Mississippi's top federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials. Wright was also employed with the TSA.

According to a report from the D'Iberville Police Department, evidence collected from homes, vehicles along with multiple interviews of witnesses led to Benitez's arrest.

An investigation revealed, Benitez and Wright, who were co-workers, got into an altercation in her apartment the night before her body was found.

That altercation is what investigators said, resulted in Wright's death.

"These investigators did a great job in putting the pieces of this crime together. I am very proud of them for the work they did and for solving this heinous crime so quickly," D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne said.

Benitez was arrested Tuesday morning in Jackson and is en route to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center where he will be incarcerated under a $3,000,000.00 bond, set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.

WLOX News will have more details on the arrest and investigation later today on WLOX News and

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