Former Husband of Woman Whose Murder Remains Unsolved Is Now Accused of Assaulting Current Partner


The previous spouse of a lady whose murder stays strange is presently blamed for attacking his ongoing accomplice.

Benjamin Ledyard, 55, has been accused of second-degree attack, terroristic undermining and threatening.

The New Palace Province Division of Police said officials were dispatched to a home in Wilmington on Jan. 1 at around 1:50 p.m. for an “in progress homegrown question.”

Ledyard’s accomplice let officials know that she had a contention with Ledyard over uproarious music. “During the contention, Ledyard got a pool stick and started swinging the item and pursuing the casualty around the house,” as per a police public statement. “Ledyard then struck the casualty in the head with a weighty marble thing leaving a huge slash.”

Ledyard’s accomplice left the home and called for help. He was arrested without episode, police said.

Ledyard presently can’t seem to enter a supplication. His lawyer Peter W. Veith declined to remark about the case. A starter hearing is planned for Jan. 24.

Ledyard was likewise accused of first-degree attack for a past occurrence between the couple in which his accomplice lost piece of at the tip of her finger.

Delaware State Police are as yet researching the perplexing homicide of his most memorable spouse, Susan Ledyard.

Susan, 50, vanished in the early morning long stretches of July 23, 2019. Benjamin Ledyard let Dateline know that he had headed out to a film prior that night with a companion.

At the point when he got back, he saw Susan around 11 p.m. on the back yard drinking wine and messaging.

Susan’s more seasoned sister Missy Morrissey recently told Individuals she messaged with her sister that night. Her last text to her sister was at 12:29 a.m.

Susan, who showed English at Foundation Park Secondary School in Sharon Slope, Dad., messaged and hit companions up till 2:47 a.m. in the early morning hours.

Delaware State Police said Ledyard’s vehicle left her Wilmington home soon after 3 a.m. what’s more, traveled about a mile to Walkers Factory Street, where she stopped close to the Rising Sun Street span over the Brandywine Waterway. Video film shows Ledyard’s headlights switch off. Police said in light of the fact that it was so dull out, they couldn’t decide whether anybody got into or out of her dark 2016 Honda Urban. Her body was found around 7:30 a.m. in the Brandywine Stream, around three miles from where her vehicle was left.

She died from suffocating and gruff power injury. Her passing has been governed a manslaughter. Ledyard has never been accused in association of her passing.

“We thought it was a mishap of some kind or another,” Susan’s more youthful sister Meg Heinicke recently told Individuals. “Who might need to kill her? No one would.

The police needed to persuade us that this was not a mishap. It just appeared to be so ludicrous and difficult to accept.” Susan’s family declined to remark about Ledyard’s capture.

“We need to remind the public that Susan’s case is a functioning, open murder examination,” the family said in a proclamation to Individuals. “We will keep on giving it our best shot to assist with getting this case tackled. There is a $50k prize for data prompting a capture. Susan’s loved ones love and miss her frightfully and we will keep on battling for replies.”

Her family began The Susan Morrissey Establishment in Susan’s honor. The establishment gives grants to alumni of Foundation Park secondary school in Pennsylvania where Susan educated English. Assuming anybody has data about Susan’s passing, contact Investigator Daniel Grassi of the Murder Unit at 302 365-8441 or email him at

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