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Docs: UI Prof Had Threatened Victim

A psychology professor who shot and killed a graduate student at the University of Idaho had threatened the young woman in the past, according to court documents filed in the case.Police say Ernesto Bustamante shot and killed Katherine Benoit Monday night on the front porch of her off-campus apartment. Bustamante, an professor in the Psychology and Communications Department, killed himself at a hotel a few hours later. Court documents obtained by kxly reveal the two had a sexual relationship which deteriorated earlier this year, and that Benoit complained to the University of Idaho about Bustamante's behavior. Benoit's roommate told police, "Benoit complained Bustamante had pointed a handgun at her on multiple occasions and put the gun in her mouth at one point"/Executive Producer Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.

Question: Am I the only one who's amazed that a person as troubled as Bustamante could work as a psychology department prof at the University of Idaho?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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