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Former Baseball wife, Anna Benson, once accused of 1996 Knoxville murder

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(WBIR-Knoxville) Seventeen years ago, murder tore the Evans family apart.

"He stays in my heart. I think about him every day," said Romaine Evans, of her son Michael Evans Jr.,18, killed in West Knoxville in 1996.

Seventeen years ago, Michael Evans, Sr. told law enforcement, if Anna Warren was not prosecuted she would hurt another family.

"I told them, I said, 'If you don't pursue this, she's going to show that bad side of herself again,'" said Michael Evans, Sr.

"I can remember the family saying that and they were right on," said the Knox County Sheriff at the time, Tim Hutchinson.

Warren never stood trial for the murder of their son.

At the time the sheriff's office called it one of the most unusual cases they had seen.  Satanic and anti-police graffiti littered the walls of the crime scene.

Warren fled from authorities for five months and was captured in Oregon. She was originally charged with First Degree Murder, along with her then boyfriend, Paul De Jongh.

Prosecutors eventually lowered the charge to accessory to murder and then later dropped the charges all together. They said there wasn't enough evidence.

Authorities knew she didn't pull the trigger. De Jongh plead guilty to second degree murder and died in prison.

Sheriff Hutchinson always believed Warren called the shots."She made the comment of 'Get rid of him,'" said Sheriff Hutchison. "We would have like to seen her go to trial."

"I think she's absolutely responsible," said Evans Sr. "In fact, I think my son would be alive today had she not been involved. Because I'm convinced she was the one who pushed Paul into this heinous act."

Even without total justice, the Evans tried to move on. Still, just last week, they had to re-open the wounds.

Cobb County, Georgia Sheriff's Office announced Anna Warren, now Anna Benson, faces more felony charges. Benson is in jail without bond for her charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and trespassing. If convicted she could face up to 25 years in prison.

They allege she broke into her ex-husband, former MLB pitcher Kris Benson's home, with a gun and a hatchet while wearing a bullet proof vest.

I hoped that she had changed and that she would do better with her life because she really got a second chance, but she's just not a good person," said Romaine Evans.

While the Evans family mourned, Benson married a baseball star and was featured on VH1's "Baseball Wives."

"I was blown away. I couldn't believe she was living this life as a celebrity and privilege, yet having such a dark secret," Evans Sr. said.

Now Anna Benson's secret is out and Michael Evans Sr.'s prediction came true.

Evans Sr. hopes this time her crime could lead to another look at their son's case.

Both the family and the former sheriff say they would like to see the case brought to trial again.

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