Man returned to Iowa to face murder charges in deaths of 5 family members
QUINCY, Ill. – A 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his parents and three teenage sisters waived extradition Monday and was headed back to Iowa to face murder charges.Shawn Bentler appeared in an Adams County courtroom for a brief hearing and then he was picked up in the afternoon by Iowa’s Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa Division of Investigation.The five victims were found early Saturday morning in their home near Bonaparte, Iowa, about 60 miles northwest of Quincy. They were identified as Michael Bentler, 53; his wife, Sandra, 47; and their daughters Sheena, 17, Shelby, 15, and Shayne, 14.Shawn Bentler was arrested a few hours later in Quincy, where he lives. He was initially charged with driving on a revoked license and operating an uninsured vehicle. There was also an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear at a hearing on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia.He was charged in Iowa with five counts of first-degree murder.Investigators have not offered a motive for the slayings, said Jim Saunders, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.The sheriff’s office was alerted to trouble at the Bentler house when Shayne Bentler called 911 at 3:38 a.m. Saturday and said her brother was “going to do something.” Next came the sound of a gunshot and someone yelling, “Shawn, no!”Then the line went dead.Authorities said they received a second 911 call at the same time from Sandra Bentler’s cell phone.
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