Benoit Family: What Did U of I Know and When Did They Know It?


In the wake of last week's disclosure of detailed communications involving the murder-suicide of a slain student and former professor at the University of Idaho, the family of the student has hired an attorney.

As disclosed in hundreds of files earlier this week, 22-year-old Katy Benoit complained to the university that psychology professor Ernesto Bustamante had threatend her with a firearm three separate times during a relationship. Moscow Police Chief David Duke had told the Associated Press that police were unaware of the gun threats until after Bustamante shot and killed Benoit and then committed suicide. But University of Idaho officials said Wednesday that at least one Moscow police officer was made aware of the threats.

"Our question all along has been, 'What did the university know, when did they know it and how did they respond?'" read a statement from Benoit's family. "Our intention is to bring as much good from this situation as possible and to ensure that positive changes are made so that future students are safe and respected, and that this kind of tragedy never happens again."