Son suspected of killing parents in Long Prairie arrested in Mexico

The 22-year-old has been charged in the shooting deaths of his parents.
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Mexican authorities detained a Minnesota man suspected of killing his parents in rural Long Prairie earlier this week. 

Dylan John Bennett, 22, was charged Friday with the murders of his parents, Carol and Barry Bennett, who played in the NFL, including one season with the Vikings. Both were found shot to death by police performing a welfare check Wednesday. 

Toddy County Sheriff Steve Och reports that Dylan Bennett contacted his office Saturday morning announcing intentions to turn himself in to the FBI. Authorities in Mexico captured Bennett before Och could relay the message, and Bennett has since been handed over to the FBI.  

Bennett will be brought to Minnesota where he'll face murder charges in Todd County District Court.

Police tracked Bennett's movements since Monday, when he is suspected to have killed his parents. 

A criminal complaint notes that Barry Bennett's body was found at the entrance to his single-family home in rural Long Prairie, while Carol Bennett was found in the kitchen.

Dylan Bennett's car was found at the residence – with an empty handgun box inside – but his mother's car was missing.

Barry Bennett, who had an 11-year NFL career including stints with the Saints, Jets and one season with the Vikings, had reported to police in December that his son had "expressed homicidal thoughts about killing his parents."

He was in a mental health treatment facility when he said this.

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Dylan Bennett withdrew a large amount of money from Carol Bennett's accounts from ATMs in Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as from the couple's joint account in Long Prairie on Monday morning.

He then bought a plane ticket from Columbus, Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia, and then to Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday, the day his parents' were found.

While in Ohio, police said he had met a person and given them a 9mm handgun to hold for him. Carol Bennett's Hyundai was then found in a motel parking lot.

Both parents had multiple gunshot wounds, with both dying from blood loss.

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