Pearl man arrested in D'Iberville stabbing death - - Jackson, MS

Pearl man arrested in D'Iberville stabbing death

Ruben Orlando Benitez      (Source: Rankin Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Ruben Orlando Benitez (Source: Rankin Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Stacey Wright      (Source: Facebook) Stacey Wright (Source: Facebook)
PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A high ranking federal TSA official is behind bars charged with killing his female co-worker on the Mississippi gulf coast. D'Iberville police quickly transported Ruben Orlando Benitez, 45, back to the coast Tuesday after he was arrested at his home in Pearl. 

The investigation revealed sometime Saturday night Benitez and Stacey Wright, who were allegedly having an affair, got into a fight at Wright's apartment. The fight escalated into a grisly crime. The young mother was stabbed repeatedly.

Her alleged killer fled back to Jackson. D'Iberville police say evidence led investigators to Benitez. 

Numerous witnesses were interviewed and evidence was recovered at the Landmark Apartments. 

D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne said, "The security officer here at the facility came to the victim's apartment this morning for welfare concern and found that the victim was deceased." 

Tuesday, numerous friends and co-workers were expressing their sympathies and condolences on Wrights' Facebook page. 

Wright had recently been transferred to the coast after accepting a TSA promotion, according to authorities. 

Police are tight lipped about the relationship Wright had with her accused killer and co-worker here in Jackson. They are also not discussing what lead up to the deadly confrontation. 

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