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Bryan man had protective order against wife, both found dead

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Police say a man found dead in his Bryan apartment had a protective order against his wife whose body was also found at the residence.

Melvin Nathan Benefield and Virginia Ann Winzenried Benefield, plus neighbor Larry Darnell Davis, were found shot to death Wednesday at the couple’s home.

Investigators don’t believe the public is in danger. Officer Kelley McKethan  said Thursday that the investigation continues into who was responsible for the deaths. Autopsies were ordered.

Court records show Virginia Benefield was arrested Nov. 19 on an assault family violence charge against her husband, who then obtained a court order to keep her away from him. She was arrested Dec. 31 for public intoxication and for violating the order by being at the Bryan complex.

She was released from jail Saturday.

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