Former physician Mark Benson was released from jail Friday afternoon after posting $500,000 bail. Prior to Friday, the bail had been set at $1 million after he was charged in the crash that killed an Oconomowoc mother along with her unborn child and her 10-year-old daughter.
The bail was lowered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis. Judge Davis said $500,000 was a large enough sum to ensure that Benson would show up for court if released.
While released, Benson cannot possess or consume alcohol or drugs or contact the family of the victims. Any prescriptions must be filled at a single pharmacy and the drugs taken as directed by a physician. His travel is also limited to adjacent counties.
According to Prosecutors, Benson had a significant level of Ambien (a sleep aid), Xanax (anxiety drug), and Oxycodone (a painkiller) at the time of the accident.
Benson was charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle involving an unborn child and injury by intoxiicated use of a vehicle. All of these crimes are felonies.
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