A murder victim was heard on a 9-1-1 tape in court Monday, identifying her brother as the assailant, then screaming as the line went dead. Twenty-three-year-old Shawn Bentler, of Quincy, Illinois, is on trial in Van Buren County for the slayings last fall of his parents and three teenage sisters at their home in Bonaparte.
In the chilling tape, which you’re about to hear, 14-year-old Shayne Bentler had called dispatchers, saying her brother Shawn was about to do "something," but didn’t have the chance to specify.
Some of the Bentler’s relatives covered their ears in the courtroom as the tape was played, saying later, they don’t want to believe it was Shawn who killed the other five members of his family. Prosecutors say one motive may’ve been money, as Bentler would have seen a sizable financial benefit from their deaths.