Barry Martin Bennett played over 10 seasons in the NFL, his first four seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He retired into a life of education, becoming a physical education teacher in his home state of Minnesota. According to multiple news reports, the 63 year old Bennett had since retired from his career after football.
Police believe that Bennett and his wife Carol were murdered sometime after noon on Monday August 19th at their home outside of Long Prairie, Minnesota, a small community two hours north of Minneapolis. Their bodies were found Wednesday after a friend asked for a wellness check on the couple following repeated attempts to contact them.
Dylan Bennett, the couple’s 22 year old son, was an immediate suspect. He was seen Monday afternoon making a transaction at a nearby bank. His mother’s credit cards were used in several states between Monday and Wednesday. It was discovered that Dylan had a ticket to fly from Columbus, Ohio to Cancun Mexico. Police apprehended Dylan at a hotel in Cancun over the weekend.
According to a criminal complaint, Barry Bennett had notified police last December that Dylan had expressed a desire to kill his parents while in a mental facility.