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Former Gladstone police sergeant arrested in 2011 killing

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Lynn Benton, in his mug shot from the Clackamas County Jail. Lynn Benton, in his mug shot from the Clackamas County Jail.
Left to right: Lynn Benton, Susan Campbell and Debbie Higbee-Benton Left to right: Lynn Benton, Susan Campbell and Debbie Higbee-Benton
Lynn Benton, in his mug shot from the Multnomah County Jail. Lynn Benton, in his mug shot from the Multnomah County Jail.
GLADSTONE, OR (KPTV) -

A former Gladstone police sergeant has been arrested in the 2011 killing of his estranged wife.

U.S. marshals, Oregon city police and Oregon State Police took 50-year-old Lynn Benton into custody Wednesday in Portland. Police haven't released any other information about Benton's arrest, but they said a judge issued an arrest warrant five days ago.

Benton was transferred from the Multnomah County Jail to the Clackamas County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

A detective testified last year that Benton was behind a plan to kill his wife, Debbie Higbee-Benton. The detectives said Benton offered a woman named Susan Campbell $2,000 to carry out the killing at Higbee-Benton's salon.

When Higbee-Benton didn't show up for a friend's birthday party on May 28, 2011, her friends called Benton, asking him to search his partner's beauty salon in Gladstone, police said.

Once inside the salon, Benton, who is a certified medic, found Higbee-Benton on the floor but did not try to revive her, according to officers.

Police said phone records show calls were placed between Benton and Campbell, who was later arrested.

Neighbors previously told FOX 12 that Campbell had provided hospice-type care for Benton's relatives.

Benton was fired by the city of Gladstone in December 2011.

On Wednesday, the Gladstone Police Department released a statement. It said:

"The City of Gladstone and the Gladstone Police Department are aware of this morning's arrest of Lynn Benton. We hope the family and friends of Debbie Higbee find some solace that this tragic crime and the resulting investigation has continued to move forward. We are appreciative of the efforts of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team and the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office."

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