Updated: Suspect in custody in Farmer City murder

Updated: Suspect in custody in Farmer City murder

FARMER CITY — Police have taken someone into custody in the death of a 21-year-old rural Farmer City man.

DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner said in a news release that police were called to the 200 block of Main Street at 7:16 a.m. Saturday, where they found the body of Blayne J. Benefield, 21, of rural Farmer City. 

DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice said Mr. Benefield's body was found in an alley. 

Neither Shofner nor Rice indicated what caused the death, but Shofner called it a homicide.

"At 11 a.m. a suspect was taken into custody in Farmer City," said Shofner, who would not release the name of the suspect.

An autopsy will be conducted Monday, Rice said.

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use er name wrote on September 07, 2013 at 7:09 pm

".....said Shofner, who would not release the name of the suspect."

Yep- nothing more American than the secret imprisonment of a citizen! WTF, over?

Joe American wrote on September 07, 2013 at 10:09 pm

The key word here is "suspect".

Yes, you should read that which you copy/paste.

use er name wrote on September 08, 2013 at 11:09 am

   "At 11 a.m. a suspect was taken into custody in Farmer City," said Shofner, who would not release the name of the suspect."

   In Custody. Suspect taken into custody. Significantly deprived of liberty? Free to leave? Secure in the belief that he/she will not be harmed because the public knows of his/her detention? Assured of due process and constitutional protections under the oversight, and within the sight of the citizenry? 

   I do cut and paste in an attempt to avoid typing errors. I also make many spelling errors.

   I do read and have read.

   Thank you for your concern as to my method of imput. Perhaps at some time in the future I'll be able to type more accurately and with less wrist and arm pain.

   I apolgize for my slothfulness in not copying the entire quote where the term "suspect" is used to refer to the person detained. Apperently I was very wrong. I am sorry for the offending the public by my indolent carelessness.

bkr0521 wrote on September 08, 2013 at 1:09 pm

So, use er name, if you are taken in to custody as a suspect in a murder, who want people to know you've been arrested, whether you did it or not?  You want people to call you a murderer, and probably worse, even if you are later released without being charged?  Would you want your family to be harrassed, even if you are innocent and are later released without being charged?  It's a privacy issue, dude.

Homeboy wrote on September 08, 2013 at 1:09 pm

If you are arrested for rape your name will be in the paper. They won't put the victims name to protect them but will put the accused rapist even though they are innocent till proven  guilty, I think that is wrong but how it's done