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News Date: 4/10/2012 

 Grand Jury Indictment Leads to Arrest of Murder Suspect Barbara Scott 


64-year-old Barbara Scott DOB 07/02/1947, of 200 S. Goodman Avenue, Lake Alfred, has been charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of her 77-year-old husband, Benny Scott.

On March 26, 2012, Sonya Braudway brought her mother, Barbara Scott, to the Lake Alfred Police Department where Barbara told LAPD officers her husband Benny Scott was buried in Scott’s 200 S. Goodman Avenue backyard.  Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted and a joint investigation was begun.  Benny’s body was located the following day, Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

Through their investigation, detectives learned Barbara Scott told her daughter and her son-in-law that Benny had gone to Oklahoma to visit a sick friend.  Also, when friends and family in Oklahoma called asking to speak to Benny, Barbara would tell them Benny was ill with a throat ailment and unable to speak on the phone.

After a conversation with her brother who resides in Oklahoma, Braudway realized that her mother had been telling different stories to different people regarding Benny’s whereabouts.  When she confronted her mother, Barbara told her daughter that sometime in January 2012, Benny had fallen while in the shower, hit his head and died.  Barbara told her daughter she buried Benny in the back yard in the garden.

During the investigation, Barbara Scott changed her story and added details to her story several times, from saying that her husband had fallen in the shower to saying she had found Benny on the shower floor along with a gun on the floor.  She later said she “remembered” she had wrapped Benny in a tarp prior to burying him.  She later said she tied Benny’s hands and feet prior to burying him.  She later said she also placed a plastic bag over his head before burying him.  Benny Scott’s body was located buried in the east portion of the backyard near the back door in a grave approximately 2 feet deep beneath an herb garden.

After her initial story about what happened to her husband (that he had fallen and hit his head), Ms. Scott told detectives she went into the bathroom and found Benny lying on the shower floor. She said she noticed a gun on the floor.  Ms. Scott said she assumed when she saw the gun, that Benny used it to shoot himself.  She said she checked for a pulse and realized Benny was dead.  She then said she began to panic.  Ms. Scott said she dragged Benny, on a bathroom rug to the garage, where she left him for approximately three days. She said she then dragged Benny from the garage to the back yard, where she buried him in a hole that was previously dug for a garden. At some point Ms. Scott planted herbs over the victim’s body.

Ms. Scott told detectives that she had picked the gun up from the bathroom floor along with a box of ammunition, wrapped it up in a towel and concealed it in her underwear drawer.  During the search of the residence by detectives, a .22 caliber revolver and a box of .22 caliber ammunition was located inside Ms. Scott’s dresser drawer. 

A witness told detectives that through the course of several conversations prior to Benny’s death, Ms. Scott expressed disdain about always having to care for her husband Benny.  Ms. Scott related she was also tired of Benny always wanting and needing her assistance. 

Autopsy results revealed that Mr. Scott had been shot in the back of the head.  The victim’s hands and legs were bound by ropes.  The projectile recovered inside the victim’s skull was consistent with a .22 caliber projectile.  The death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Barbara Scott was taken into custody today, Tuesday, April 10, 2012.  She is currently being booked into the Polk County Jail. 

The couple lived in Oklahoma prior to moving to Florida sometime around 2009.  Barbara “Lewis” Scott was arrested in Oklahoma 1987 on Embezzlement charges, convicted, and sentenced to five years in prison.  According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website, she was convicted on 03/17/1988 and served time in Oklahoma prison.