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Former NFL Player's Son Found In Mexico After Allegedly Shooting Mother And Father
Dylan Bennett, son of former NFL pro Barry Bennett, had previously expressed homicidal thoughts.
A Minnesota man accused of murdering his parents, one of whom was a former NFL player, was taken into custody over the weekend in Cancun, Mexico.
Mexican authorities arrested Dylan Bennett, 22, for the murder of his parents, Barry and Carol Bennett, on Saturday, according to a release from the Todd County Sheriff’s Office. He has since been extradited from Mexico and was booked into the Todd County Jail on second degree murder charges early Monday, local outlet KARE reports.
Shortly before his arrest, Dylan contacted Todd County Sheriff Steve Och “explaining that he was aware that law enforcement was looking for him and announcing his intention to turn himself in to the FBI,” authorities said.
Bennett’s 63-year-old parents, Barry and Carol, were found dead of gunshot wounds in their Long Prairie home on Wednesday, August 21, with a medical examiner later proclaiming their deaths to be homicide, according to authorities.
Barry, a former defensive lineman who played for multiple teams in the NFL from 1978 through 1988, was found near the entrance to the home, having been shot in the head and torso, PEOPLE reports, citing a probable cause statement. His wife was found in the kitchen, having been shot in the torso and back.
Authorities believe that the couple was killed on August 19, Fox News reports. Their bodies were discovered after a family friend went to check on the pair after not hearing from them, according to the outlet.
Authorities reportedly found Dylan's car, a box for a handgun, and a box used for ammunition at the Bennett home.
Dylan was named as a suspect shortly after his parents' bodies were discovered and a warrant was issued for his arrest, PEOPLE reports.
He is believed to have withdrawn a large amount of cash from his parents’ bank account on August 19, per Fox News’ report. His mother’s credit and debit cards were used in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio after his parents were killed, and his mother’s car was discovered in Columbus, Ohio, where Dylan is believed to have bought a plane ticket to Cancun.
Authorities were able to track Dylan in Cancun using his credit cards and cellphone activity, the Todd County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.
While a motive for the killing has yet to be released, the probable cause statement reveals that Barry told authorities last year that his son, while “in a mental health treatment facility,” had “expressed homicidal thoughts about killing his parents,” according to the outlet.
The Minnesota Vikings, one of the teams Barry played for, shared their condolences for the couple's loved ones in a statement issued via social media Friday, August 23.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time,” it reads.