Two charged with death of pregnant woman in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (A) – Two people were charged Tuesday in the beating death of a pregnant woman whose body was discovered last week in Minneapolis.

One of the suspects is a convicted sex offender. Shannon Michael Benson, of Minneapolis, and Jade M. Rissell, of Elk River, are accused in connection with killing the woman, whose identity was unknown when police found her body in a burned-out travel trailer on Nov. 8.

Police say they have identified the victim but are waiting for conformation from the medical examiner. Investigators said the victim had been reported missing in Anoka sometime between Oct. 29 and 31.

Benson and Rissell are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.