The tragic mother-of-three who was allegedly executed by her ex-husband thought she was ‘going to die’ in a savage beating filmed days before her death, a police report reveals.
Keaira Bennefield, 30, gave Cheektawaga police the now-haunting play-by-play as she sought to press charges against her 45-year-old ex-husband Adam Bennefield for the September 28 attack inside from his house.
“I was screaming for help all the time. Adam told me to ‘shut the fuck up’ and he was going to kill me,” she said in a heartbreaking statement to cops.
“I thought I was going to die.”
But the graphic description of the victim and the horrifying video she posted to Facebook later that day as a plea for help were still not enough to get prosecutors to charge Adam Bennefield with anything. or more than misdemeanors.
He was later released from jail without bail on the low-level charges on October 4 – a day before he ambushed Keaira as she was taking her children to school and shot her dead.
Bennefield has been charged with second degree murder in Keaira’s death.
But a Buffalo Supreme Court judge and the Erie County prosecutor’s office now appear to be circling the wagons by not turning over court documents related to the Bennefield murder case.
Following a brief court hearing related to the case against Adam Bennefield on Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice William Boller declined to give the Post a copy of the suspect’s case file.
The clerk’s office also did not deliver a copy because they said the file was still with the judge. And the prosecutor’s office previously told the Post that any request for a criminal complaint must be filed with the court.
Keaira’s murder sparked widespread outrage as critics lamented that Bennefield – who has a previous conviction for kidnapping another ex at gunpoint – has only been charged with a series of misdemeanors, which allowed him to be released without bail.
In New York, judges also cannot weigh a suspect’s ‘dangerousness’ when considering bail – meaning his earlier conviction in 2000, for which he served 15 years, could not be taken into account.
In her poignant Oct. 3 statement to cops, Keaira recalled how the violence erupted after she returned home the day after a friend’s birthday party. Keaira said she confronted Bennefield after learning he had “booed” her daughter and then left her alone outside their house.
What happened next was captured in the sick footage Keaira shared on Facebook days before giving her statement to police.
“Adam hit me everywhere he could all over my body,” she told cops. “| was kicking him to try to get him to stop hitting me and at one point we ended up on the floor. Adam kept hitting me in the arms because | blocked my face and head.
Keaira also told police that her ex-husband allegedly ripped off his pants at one point and “stuck his hand in my vagina”.
The terrified mother said she started screaming for Bennefield’s sister, Rachel, who lives in an upstairs apartment.
“Adam opened the door for Rachel and told her that he was not done with me and that | wasn’t going anywhere. Adam also told Rachel that | didn’t get out of there alive,” Keaira told cops.
After her sister-in-law left to alert the police, Keaira said Bennefield “grabbed a knife and started pacing.”
He then allegedly picked up several other knives and a box cutter.
“| was talking to him at the time trying to calm him down because | was afraid for my life. | I thought I was going to die,” she recalled to police.
By the time officers arrived, police said Bennefield had barricaded himself in a bathroom and was self-harming with the box cutter.
Cops obtained an arrest warrant for Bennefield for harassment on the day of this incident. The charges were not upgraded until Keaira showed them the surveillance video several days later.
A protective order was granted to Keaira when she was arraigned in Cheektowaga Municipal Court on October 4 – but it did little to protect her.
Keaira donned a bulletproof vest the next morning to take her children to school – and that’s when cops say she was ambushed by Bennefield, who rammed her car in hers and then shot her down.
In the aftermath, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn insisted that no felony charges could have been filed against Bennefield to prevent him from being released without bail.
“We don’t fabricate evidence, we don’t unethically raise charges when the evidence isn’t there,” he insisted to reporters, despite harrowing video evidence and his own statements. from women to police.
“The charges were originally the misdemeanors, that’s what the evidence was. There was no evidence of anything higher than that. The charges were properly laid and the judge, yet another times, had no choice but to release him.
When asked if the shocking video warranted harsher charges, Flynn replied, “Absolutely not, absolutely not, absolutely not. Absolutely 100% no. Could I be more clear? »
He added: ‘The injuries and the evidence did not lead to higher charges. We cannot charge for optics. The optics are bad. The optics are horrible. But the evidence must be there for the victim to elevate the crime. The proof was not there, she was not hurt at all.
Police noted in their report that Keaira was examined at the scene because she had pain in her wrist but there were “no obvious injuries”.
She also told cops she was “otherwise unharmed,” according to the police report.
The prosecutor’s office has repeatedly declined to comment on the case to the Post given that it is pending prosecution.
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