Son charged in shooting deaths of ex-NFL lineman Barry Bennett and his wife
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the son of former NFL lineman Barry Bennett, who is accused of shooting and killing him and his wife in their rural Minnesota home, according to police.
The Associated Press reported that police have charged Dylan Bennett, 22, with two counts of second-degree murder without premeditation relating to the shooting deaths of his parents, 63-year-olds Barry and Carol Bennett.
Bennett played 11 seasons in the NFL from 1978 to 1988 for the New York Jets, the New Orleans Saints, and the Minnesota Vikings. He went on to teach physical education at a high school in Long Prairie before retiring four years ago, the superintendent of the Long Prairie Grey Eagle School District told the Star Tribune.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol,” the Minnesota Vikings said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time.”
According to criminal charges filed Friday, Dylan Bennett shot his parents multiple times before driving out of state and boarding a plane to Mexico. Their bodies were discovered on Wednesday in their home in Long Prairie, a small town situated roughly 125 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
A friend called the Todd County Sheriff’s Office after not receiving any response to several phone calls and texts on Tuesday. Authorities believed the murders were carried out on Monday.
Todd County Sheriff Steve Och said the bodies were found “under suspicious circumstances.” Carol Bennett sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the back and torso, and Barry Bennett was shot multiple times in the torso and head, according to a criminal complaint.
Dylan Bennett’s car was located at his parents’ home with an empty box for a 9mm handgun and a separate ammunition box stored inside. His mother’s vehicle was missing.
Barry Bennett was last seen in Long Prairie at about noon on Monday. That same day, his son was spotted driving his car after going to the bank to complete a transaction “in which a large sum of cash” was taken out of the Bennetts’ account, according to the complaint.
Credit and debit cards belonging to Carol Bennett were used in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio over the next three days. Her vehicle was then discovered in Columbus, Ohio, and her son had since booked a flight from Columbus to Cancun, Mexico, the Associated Press reported.
Authorities believed Dylan Bennett was in Mexico as of Thursday after tracking his phone usage.
The criminal complaint also noted that Barry Bennett told the Todd County Sheriff’s Office in December that his son exhibited thoughts about wanting to kill his parents while he was seeking treatment in a mental health treatment facility.