“Former wife arrested in Benson man’s death; additional arrest made in murder case”

By | July 21, 2023



In a shocking turn of events, a new arrest has been made in the case of a Benson man’s death. The suspect? His former wife. James Dwight Peacock, 69, was found shot dead during a well-being check on June 15. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office reported that Peacock was in his home on N.C. 27 W. at the time.

Just one week later, Peacock’s stepson, Wesley Alexander Jones, was arrested and charged with his murder. Jones, 25, was taken into custody on June 22 in Cumberland County. However, the investigation did not stop there. On Friday, an additional arrest was made, resulting in murder charges for 55-year-old Vickie Katanyan Peacock.

Vickie Peacock is the mother of Wesley Alexander Jones and the ex-wife of James Dwight Peacock, confirmed Johnston County Capt. Jeff Caldwell. She was arrested at her home in Fayetteville and is currently being held in the Johnston County Jail without bond.

The details surrounding the motive for the murder are still unclear, and the investigation is ongoing. This case has shocked the small community of Benson and left many wondering what could have led to such a tragic outcome.

As the community mourns the loss of James Dwight Peacock, they are also grappling with the fact that his former wife and stepson are now facing murder charges. The justice system will now have the task of determining the truth behind this unfortunate incident and holding those responsible accountable.

For now, the residents of Benson can only hope for justice to be served and find solace in the memories of a man whose life was taken too soon..