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Smyrna police identify victim in murder-suicide

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SMYRNA, Tenn. -- Authorities have identified the victim murdered Thursday by a man who allegedly killed himself moments after shooting her to death inside a Village Lake Drive residence.

Kayleigh Dupont, 28, was found dead at about 7:30 p.m. inside her residence at Village Lake Apartments moments after officers responded to the scene in reference a hang-up call to 9-1-1. Lying next to her in a bedroom was 32-year-old Justin Bennett, her soon to be brother-in-law, officials said.

“Officers responded and found that the front door had been kicked open,” said Kevin Arnold, chief of the Smyrna Police Department. “When officers entered the home, they found a small child, approximately 2 or 3 years of age, walking around unharmed.”

After securing the child, officers searched the home and found the bodies of Dupont and Justin Bennett, who lived in Murfreesboro, inside a locked, upstairs bedroom.

Law enforcement officials spent several hours investigating the crime scene and determined Justin Bennett had kicked in the front door to confront Dupont, who was in a bathroom, moments before shooting her.

“He then turned the weapon on himself,” Arnold said. “At this point in time, the investigation has revealed that this (incident) stemmed from a domestic violence call that this department answered on (Tuesday) at this residence.”

According to various reports, officials believe Justin Bennett stormed the residence because he was upset with Dupont for filing charges against his father, Timothy Bennett, following a dispute that had been simmering since the holidays.

Jason Bennett, who was engaged to Dupont, was not at home when the murder-suicide occurred. He has since returned from a work-related trip to take care of his son, who had been in the care of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services immediately following the incident.

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Crime, Justin Bennett, Kayleigh Dupont, Murder, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, SPD, Suicide, Village Lake Apartments
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