Stanley Phillips, 36, was indicted on second-degree murder charges and is free on $100,000 bond.
He accused of shooting and killing an acquaintance, Benesha Bonner, 33, sometime around Dec. 15 of last year after she was last seen getting into his silver Nissan SUV. At around 10:30 that evening, the same vehicle pulled up to a parking area just outside of Regional One Hospital at 877 Jefferson where the driver pulled her body out of the car, left her on the ground and sped off.
The medical examiner determined that Benesha Bonner died of a contact gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Two days later, Phillips contacted investigators and told them he wanted to turn himself in, with his attorney present, at the police precinct at 1925 Union. When Phillips arrived in his SUV, investigators could see bloody clothing on the front seat and what appeared to be blood stains in other parts of the vehicle.
After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, investigators found a loaded handgun with a long hair stuck to the front of the muzzle.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Marianne Bell of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners.
The Unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.