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Posted: 9:12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Charges dropped in Centerville assault case

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By Breaking News Staff

DAYTON —

Criminal charges have been dropped against a 46-year-old Fairborn woman accused of pouring gasoline on a woman and attempting to set her on fire.

According to online records at the Montgomery County Jail, the charges against Kimberly Bennington were cleared Wednesday. Those charges -- aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated arson, felonious assault and tampering with evidence -- stem from an incident police said occurred at a home on Martha Avenue in Centerville.

Court records indicate that a county grand jury returned a no bill on the case on Wednesday.

Bennington had been accused of improperly entering the home and then attempting to cause injury by pouring gas on a woman and then trying to ignite the fuel, according to documents filed in Kettering Municipal Court.

Officers located a gas can, a lighter and a container of lighter fluid, court records show.

Bennington was arrested on Sunday, Oct. 6, at her home in Fairborn on Merribrook Court. She is the estranged wife of a Fairborn police officer and according to reports, they do not live together.

According to police, the women know each other and the attack was not a random act.

Days after the incident in early October, Centerville police told News Center 7 the woman said she woke up on Sunday, Oct. 6, to find Bennington in her bedroom. There was a struggle and at some point she was doused with lighter fluid and Bennington left.

The woman told News Center 7 reporter Gabrielle Enright that she was OK.

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