Ashley Benefield Biography — Wiki
Ashley Benefield is a former professional ballet dancer who is reportedly charged in connection with shooting her estranged husband in Florida amid a custody battle over their daughter, police recently said.
The couple was living separately and was embroiled in a custody battle over their daughter at the time, police recently said. Benefield turned herself in at the Manatee County Jail Wednesday night.
Ashley Benefield Age
Ashley Benefield is 28 years old while her husband Doug is 59 years old.
Ashley Benefield shot her husband TWICE
According to recent details released by police, Ashley Benefield had been separated from her husband, Doug Benefield, and they had a battle over the custody involving their daughter.
She was staying at the home of her mother on the 11300 block of White Rock Terrace in Central Park while her husband was living somewhere else. Doug had come to see his wife the evening of the shooting and nobody was in the home at the moment, police said in a press release last week.
Ashely fired four times and shot Doug twice before 7 pm at a Central Park home on September 27. Doug was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was announced dead.
What we know so far
Ashley told police her husband was “attacking her,” but detectives found no evidence to indicate she was acting in self-defense. She turned herself into Manatee County Jail on November 4.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Randy Warren told local news station WFLA:
“That just did not exist in this case. We are looking for injuries, we are looking for torn clothing, we are looking for a sign of struggle, things that were inside that residence. We got a warrant, we were able to go in, we were able to examine that closely. There was no evidence there that this was an act of self-defense.”
Ashley was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder.
Ashley Benefield and Doug Benefield
Ashley is a graduate of the Maryland Youth Ballet and a retired professional ballerina, according to a company description on an ANB Facebook page,
The Benefield couple established a dance business based in Charleston, South Carolina, called American National Ballet (ANB) with Doug as the CEO and Ashley in the role of Executive Director.
Once described as “Uber-izing ballet”, the organization fired half its dancers back in 2017, per Dance Magazine.