Barry Bennett

NFL STAR, wife shot dead by their son who flees to Mexico?

The son of a former NFL defensive lineman has been charged with murder after police made a shocking discovery inside a Minnesota home on Wednesday.

Pioneer Press reports that 22-year-old Dylan John Bennett is wanted in connection with the deaths of his parents, 63-year-old former NFL star Barry Bennett, and Carol Bennett, also 63.

Both were found shot to death inside their Prairie home on Wednesday, but investigators believe they were likely killed on Monday. Police found the couple after someone asked authorities to do a welfare check after Barry Bennett hadn’t return calls or texts since Tuesday.

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According to Todd County sheriff’s office officials, Barry Bennett apparently told authorities in December that his son “had expressed homicidal thoughts about killing his parents” while in a mental health treatment center.

While the police found the suspect’s car at his parents’ home, they reported Carol Bennett’s car was missing. Her credit cards, also missing, were used at locations throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio.

Police said Dylan Bennett drove his mother’s car to a Columbus, Ohio, motel after the shootings. He then reportedly bought a plane ticket while in Columbus and is now likely in Cancun, Mexico. Authorities added that prior to his flight, he met someone in Columbus and gave them a 9-mm to hold for him.

Dylan Bennett [Police Handout]
Meanwhile, investigators found an empty box for a 9mm handgun and a box for ammunition inside Dylan Bennett’s vehicle, according to Ozarks First. He was also spotted on security footage Monday, withdrawing a large amount of cash.

Dylan Bennett has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Barry Bennett played 11 seasons in the NFL. He played with the New Orleans Saints, the New York Jets, and then his final team, the Minnesota Vikings. He retired in 1988. He later became a P.E. teacher with the Prairie-Grey Eagle school district.

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[Feature Photo: Barry Bennett via AP/Wilbur Funches]