Woman arrested in connection with husband's execution-style shooting death

Published: Dec. 12, 2017 at 7:25 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2017 at 11:54 PM EST
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HENRY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A Campbellsburg woman is facing Murder charges after a man is found shot, execution-style, in his bed.

Kentucky State Police responded to a  call on Sunday evening after Gerald Bentley found his son Gary, 33, with an apparent gunshot wound to the back of his head.

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The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Henry County Coroner, and an autopsy later confirmed Gary Bentley's cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.

KSP Post 5 detectives later arrested Tasha Bentley, the victim's wife.

According to her arrest report, around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Tasha and Gary Bentley were involved in a physical altercation after Gary Bentley had allegedly assaulted their four-year-old son by throwing him in his bed and hitting the wall, then continuously striking the child. Tasha reportedly tried to break it up, and Gary kicked her.

Hours after the incident, police say Gary Bentley was sleeping and Tasha Bentley used her personal Ruger firearm to fatally shoot Gary.

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According to police, Tasha Bentley was arrested and charged with Murder, and additional charges stemming from the incident.

During the investigation, police found marijuana at the Bentley's residence. Police also say Tasha removed approximately 20 firearms from the gun safe at the home to make the scene appear like a robbery.

She is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

"It wants to bring tears to your eyes if you've got a heart," Carolyn Sharp said. "Also for the families on both sides. Tasha's family and Gary's family. Tasha's family will still have her personally, but Gary's family will never. It's really sad."

The investigation is still ongoing.

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