Suspect charged in Putnam woman's death

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INTERLACHEN, Fla. - Exactly two months after Maureen Haugdahl was shot to death inside a Putnam County home, a grand jury has charged a suspect with her killing, the Sheriff's Office said.

On May 13, Haugdahl, 52, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds at a residence on Arnold Street in Interlachen, deputies said. Detectives found the gun used in the murder in a body of water near the crime scene.

Investigators said forensic evidence at the crime scene linked Gary Bennett Jr., 35, of 108 Ellen Ave. in Interlachen, to the shooting. When detectives searched Bennett's home on June 20, they found a gun and arrested him for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The state attorney's office gave the case to a grand jury that charged Bennett with first-degree murder, armed burglary with assault or battery, robbery and grand theft.

Investigators have not released the forensic evidence they say links Bennett to the crime to ensure the state attorney's case is not jeopardized.

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