EBR sheriffs: Woman shot in domestic dispute recovering

A woman shot by her husband Wednesday night on Redman Lake Drive is in stable condition and is expected to recover following emergency surgery at a local hospital, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

Three people were shot, two fatally, about 8:20 p.m. at 9236 Redman Lake Drive after an apparent argument ended when a man deputies identified as William Benham, 48, used a .357-caliber revolver to shoot his wife, who has not been identified, and stepdaughter, identified as Natalie Corkern, 29, before shooting himself, spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

The three were found inside the house by deputies responding to a 911 call by the wife, who said her husband had been drinking and was going “crazy,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said Wednesday night.

Meg Brown, 62, Benham’s neighbor more than 20 years on Redman Lake Drive, said she was still thinking about what happened Wednesday night. She said thinking about the family brought back memories of happier times, specifically of Natalie during holidays with her family.

She said the neighbors on Redman Lake Road are in shock over what happened.

She said tougher gun laws that politicians are debating would not have altered the outcome.

“I don’t think it would have mattered whether it was a gun or a bat, Bart lost it,” Brown said, referring to Benham by his nickname. “It wasn’t a gun that killed them, it was Bart.”

Hicks said the case is technically still under investigation mostly because of outstanding paperwork that has yet to be filed but detectives are confident that this is a murder-suicide because of corroborating information from the wife and Corkern, before she died.

Hicks said Thursday that she did not know how many times each person was shot.

On Wednesday night outside the house, Gautreaux said he did not know if deputies had responded to previous calls at the house.

Hicks said according to their records, deputies had not responded to any previous calls at that house.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said Thursday that Benham and Corkern both died of massive bleeding from the gunshot wounds.