Bustamante, Benoit involved romantically, gunman calls self ‘psychopathic killer’

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:23 AM

MOSCOW, Idaho -- According to documents filed in Latah County, Ernesto Bustamante threatened Katy Benoit with a handgun several times after the former University of Idaho professor and his student broke off a sexual relationship in March.

Police say Bustamante, 31, shot and killed Benoit, 22, Monday night in Moscow, then killed himself several hours later.

According to the court documents, roommates at Benoit’s rental home at 112 S. Lilly told police that Benoit claimed Bustamante had assaulted her with a handgun on “multiple occasions,” including one time when he placed the gun in her mouth, according to an affidavit written by Moscow police officer Bruce Fager.

The affidavit states that Benoit filed a complaint with the university about Bustamante’s behavior sometime in June. Bustamante resigned as a result last Friday. 

Court documents show witness statements from Bustamante’s “close friend” and UI graduate student Rowdy J. Hope. Hope confirmed that Bustamante had multiple handguns and multiple personality disorders. He went on to say that Bustamante refered to his personalities as ‘psychopathic killer’ and ‘the beast’.

The court documents also state that Benoit and her roommates, Meghan Walker-Smith and Emma Gregory, were baking Monday night, when Benoit stepped out to the front porch to smoke a cigarette.

Documents report that the roommates then heard gunshots. “Emma Gregory went to the front door and saw that Benoit had been shot and was down. Both Meghan Walker-Smith and Emma Gregory said they suspected Ernesto Bustamante.”

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