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Grand jury indicts suspect in recent dismemberment
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A Newton County grand jury indicted Franklin Benson on Friday for the alleged October murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend.

Benson, 47, of Decatur, is charged with unlawfully removing human body parts from the scene of death, murder, felony murder and concealing death of another person. He is currently being held in the Newton County Detention Center.

 Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne said via e-mail he has not yet decided if the death penalty will be sought in the case, which is currently assigned to Chief Assistant District Attorney Layla Zon.

Benson reportedly murdered and dismembered his girlfriend, Leslyan Williams, 49, of Decatur, at the end of October.

Her hands, arms, feet and legs were discovered in a secluded neighborhood off Ga. Highway 212 between the back of an unoccupied house and a small lake early in the morning on Oct. 30.

 An extensive investigation between the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation led authorities to Benson after a link between Benson, Williams and the location where the body was discovered. Once the connection was made, investigators soon learned William's family had filed a missing person's report for the victim.

The initial investigation did not turn up Williams' name because her missing person's report was not filed until well after the suspected murder. NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson said the victim's family, who live in Michigan, last spoke to the victim the day before her body parts were discovered.

While the investigation is still ongoing, William's head and torso have still not been located.

Investigators are still searching for Williams' head and torso as well as the murder weapon. Anyone with information on either Williams or Benson is asked to call the GBI Tip Line at (800) 597-TIPS (8477) or the Newton County Sheriff's Office at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anonymously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site