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UI officials met w/ Benoit before slaying

University of Idaho officials met with Kathryn “Katy” Benoit on the day she was killed and cautioned her to remain vigilant and keep in contact with the Moscow Police Department, according to the university.

In a news release, UI President M. Duane Nellis also announced that he has directed university attorneys to seek court approval for the release of personnel information from former professor Ernesto Bustamante, who shot Benoit 11 times on Monday outside her Moscow apartment.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Aug. 26: Vigil honors slain UI student

Aug. 24: Family: Slain student had complained about suspect

Victim’s friends ID’d professor to 911

Hundreds of students, staff and friends gathered in Friendship Square in downtown Moscow Idaho to honor slain U/I grad student Katy Benoit on Thursday. (SR photo/Christopher Anderson)

By JESSIE L. BONNER,Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the immediate aftermath of a brutal killing on their back porch, the roommates of a slain Idaho graduate student told a 911 operator that they could think of only one person who could have fired the fatal shots — a university professor whom their friend had recently dated.

Meghan Walker-Smith and Emma Gregory were heard on the 911 recording released Thursday telling a dispatcher that Katy Benoit (left) had been involved with a University of Idaho professor named Ernesto Bustamante, (right) who police say alternately referred to himself as a “psychopathic killer” and “the beast.”

Benoit's roommates told the dispatcher Bustamante had just been asked to leave the school. The operator asked the two, who could both be heard speaking on the call, whether Bustamante's departure was because of Benoit, one roommate replied, “Yeah.”

“He just got asked to leave the university,” she said. “That's why I'm assuming this would happen.”

Read the rest of the story on the 911 call by clicking the link below.

Friends of Benoit held a candlelight vigil in her honor Thursday night in Moscow. Read the story here.

Family: Murder victim filed UI complaint

A Moscow police officer uses a video camera in a room rented by Ernesto Bustamante at the University Inn-Best Western in Moscow, Idaho, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Geoff Crimmins)

BOISE — A college professor who alternately referred to himself as a “psychopathic killer” and “the beast” committed suicide after killing a graduate student he had recently dated, police said in newly revealed court documents.

Meanwhile, Katy Benoit’s family said  Wednesday that the psychology student had become increasingly alarmed about Ernesto A. Bustamante’s behavior and had taken steps to get away from the man who police say eventually killed her.

Read the rest of the Associated Press story here.

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