Bentler Charged With Family’s Murder
Posted by Childress on October 21, 2006
Shawn Bentler has been charged with murdering his mother, father and three sisters.
No motive has been released, althought Bentler has also been charged with possession of drug paraphrenalia.
Here’s a chilling report from a local paper in Iowa:
A 22-year-old man has been charged with murdering his parents and three teenage sisters at their home in southeastern Iowa, a sheriff’s office said Sunday.
Shawn Bentler is accused of gunning down five family members and faces five counts of first-degree murder, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said. He is being held on a $2.5 million bond at the Adams County jail in Quincy, Ill.
The victims were found early Saturday near Bonaparte, according to the sheriff’s office. They were identified as Michael Bentler, 53; his wife, Sandra, 47; and their daughters Sheena, 17; Shelby, 15; and Shayne, 14. Autopsies were planned for Sunday.
The sheriff’s office said that it received a 911 call from Shayne Bentler at 3:38 a.m. Saturday and that she told the dispatcher her brother was “going to do something.”
According to sheriff’s documents regarding the 911 tape, a gunshot is heard in the background and someone screams, “Shawn, no!” The line then goes dead.
Authorities said they received a second 911 call at the same time from the cell phone of Sandra Bentler. That call went unanswered.
The family has been laid to rest. The son awaits trial in jail.
Were drugs a factor in this story? I don’t know and won’t speculate, but I will certainly continue to follow the story.