Winterville woman speaks out about murder conviction on TV show

An interview with a Winterville woman who was convicted more than a decade ago of the murder of her boyfriend airs at 10 a.m. Monday on WPCH — a CBS TV affiliate station in Atlanta.

During the episode, Chris Hansen conducts a telephone interview with Tracy Fortson about the murder of Doug Benton in June 2000. Fortson, the first female deputy with the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, where she remains today.

She continues to maintain her innocence.

Benton’s body was encased in cement inside a metal cattle trough, which was buried on a farm in Oglethorpe County. Benton had been slain at his home outside Colbert in Madison County.

During the show, among those interviewed are former District Attorney Robert Lavender and Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Ben Williams. Also included is author M. William Phelps, who wrote a book on the case that was released in late 2017.

 

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