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Wife charged with murder in Bentley’s death

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By Christopher Brooke

Kentucky State Police charged a 34-year-old Campbellsburg woman with the murder of her husband Dec. 11, as troopers say the scene was staged to look like a burglary, according to court records.

Troopers along with deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the coroner responded to 672 Troutman Hill Road, after the deceased, Gary Bentley, 33, had been discovered in the home by a family member.

During the investigation, Tasha L. Bentley told troopers she had been “involved in a physical altercation with her husband” on Dec. 10 at 8:30 a.m., according to court records. She also told the investigator that her husband “had allegedly assaulted their 4-year-old son by ‘throwing him in his bed and hitting the wall.’”

Later, as Gary Bentley slept in their bed, “Tasha used her personal weapon, a silver Ruger with purple grips and fired one round into the back of Gary’s head, killing him,” the report said.

Troopers searched the residence, which is near the intersection of Troutman Hill and Drennon Road. The authorities found “numerous jars of marijuana and seeds,” the police report said. 

“As a result of killing her husband, Tasha removed approximately 20 firearms from the gun safe within the residence, making it appear to be a burglary,” the police report said. “The firearms were transferred to Louisville.”

Troopers charged Tasha Bentley with murder, trafficking in marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.

Tasha Bentley was transported to Carroll County Jail, where she awaits a court hearing.