LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. — A judge set a $5 million bail for Dylan John Bennett, the adopted son of a former NFL and Concordia College defensive lineman and his wife, who's accused of fatally shooting the couple at the family’s home on Aug. 19.
Bennett, 22, appeared in Todd County District Court on Tuesday, Aug. 27, on two charges of second-degree murder with intent, but not premeditated. He was arrested in Cancun, Mexico, on Saturday, Aug. 24.
District Judge Daniel Benson set an unconditional bail at $5 million and a conditional bail at $3 million. Bennett’s attorney, Ross Montgomery, declined to comment on the case.
Bennett’s adoptive parents, Barry and Carol Bennett, both 63, were found dead on Aug. 21 at their home in rural Long Prairie, a town about 30 miles northeast of Alexandria. Both are believed to have been shot on the morning or afternoon of Aug. 19.
Barry Bennett told the Todd County Sheriff’s Office in December 2018 that his son expressed homicidal thoughts about killing his parents while he was at a mental health treatment facility, court papers show.
Barry Bennett played 11 seasons in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. He played for Concordia in Moorhead from 1974 to 1978 before he was drafted in the fourth round by the Saints.