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Semi-automatic handgun and prescription for anti-anxiety drug among items seized from murder scene

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. (Winston-Salem Journal) — Davidson County Sheriff’s deputies seized a semi-automatic handgun along with a magazine containing three live rounds and one live round in the chamber from the house of a husband and wife found dead Tuesday, according to a search warrant filed in Davidson County Courthouse.

Also seized was a prescription for alprazolam, a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. The search warrant said the prescription was made out to Timothy Shane Benbow, who was found dead Tuesday along with his wife, Emily Woosley Benbow.

Authorities investigate deaths of husband and wife in Davidson County

Capt. Mitch Kepley of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said investigators believe the handgun, a Bersa Thunder .380, was the murder weapon. The sheriff’s office is investigating one of the deaths as a homicide, though Kepley won’t say which one. The sheriff’s office hasn’t classified the deaths as a murder-suicide but has said investigators are not looking for any suspects.

He declined to comment on the other evidence seized.

Deputies responded to the couple’s house at 1283 Sunset Road about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday after Ray Woosley, Emily Benbow’s father, called 911. Woosley told The Dispatch in Lexington that he had gone to the house after getting a call from a day care center, saying that his granddaughter had not shown up.

He found his granddaughter watching television, and she told him, “Mom and Dad are asleep,” The Dispatch reported.

The search warrant said Emily and Timothy Benbow were each found shot once. Investigators have not said where they were shot.

Investigators also seized spent shell casings from the handgun, several handwritten letters and a green plate with a white substance, a silver razor and a white, red and blue straw. An iPhone with a pink cover and a Verizon cell phone found in Timothy Benbow’s back pocket were also seized.

Kepley said some of the evidence from the crime scene, including the white substance, will be sent to the State Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab to be analyzed.

The couple’s bodies were sent to the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill. The results of the initial autopsy have not come back, Kepley said.

Source: Winston-Salem Journal