Weather Updates

Former TSA manager at O’Hare charged with murder in Mississippi

Updated: November 30, 2011 12:19AM

A top federal Transportation Security Administration official who until 2008 worked at O’Hare Airport is being held in a Mississippi jail, accused of murdering a co-worker.

Ruben Orlando Benitez, 45, whose family still lives in Chicago, is charged with the murder of TSA worker Stacey Wright, 43. Mississippi authorities allege he stabbed Wright to death at her home in D’Iberville.

He began as a screener at O’Hare and was promoted to transportation security manager before he was transferred to Jackson, Miss., where he was assistant federal security director, according to the TSA.

Benitez had worked with Wright at Jackson Airport and had a relationship with her, D’Iberville Police spokesman Clay Jones said.

Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, with Staff Reporter Kim Janssen contributing

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.