GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A man wanted in connection with a double murder in Laurel County, Kentucky was taken into custody in Graves County on Tuesday night.
Joseph L. Benge, 40, was taken into custody in Mayfield, Ky. He was charged with two counts of murder, robbery and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 - auto.
Benge is accused of shooting and killing his parents, 69-year-old Johnny Benge and 66-year-old Mary Benge.
According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, a family member found Benge’s mother and father dead at a home off Tomcat Trail, about 5 miles east of London on Tuesday, September 15 around 4:56 p.m.
They were found in the living room and apparently died from multiple gunshot wounds.
An autopsy was conducted on Wednesday in Frankfort.
Law enforcement in western Kentucky were on the lookout for Benge.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office told area authorities that a phone ping showed the 40-year-old suspect was in Mayfield and that he no longer had any facial hair.
Kentucky State Police found the suspect vehicle, a white 2015 Ford Taurus, late on Tuesday night and pulled it over. They took Benge into custody without incident.
After a search of the suspect’s vehicle, deputies say they found numerous weapons, including a handgun in the passenger compartment. They also found two shotguns, a .22 caliber rifle, a handgun and body armor.