CLINTON — State’s Attorney Karle Koritz filed murder charges today against two employees of a traveling amusement company in connection with a body found in Farmer City on the morning of Saturday, September 7.
The body of Blayne Benefield, a Farmer City resident, was found early Saturday morning in a lot near downtown Farmer City by a pedestrian who notified police. Investigators with the Illinois State Police were called to assist with the investigation.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of Wisconsin natives James, 25, and Alexander, 22, Jacquart, brothers employed by Big H Amusements. They each face charges of first degree murder and armed robbery.
State’s Attorney Koritz described the alleged murder as “a senseless act of violence” and praised the work of the Illinois State Police, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, and Farmer City Police Department. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Benefield’s family,” Koritz said.
James and Alexander Jacquart remain in custody in the DeWitt County Jail. Bail has been set in the amount of $1,000,000 for each defendant. If convicted of murder, each faces a minimum of 20-60 years in prison and will be required to serve 100 percent of their sentences.
Information from the DeWitt County State’s Attorney’s Office.
An unrelated event
At about 9:17 p.m. on Sunday, sheriff’s deputies and Farmer City Police responded to the Huck’s in Farmer City for a man who walked into the store after suffering a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign.
The sheriff’s office reported it was holding a person of interest in the case.
DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner said the shooting was not connected to the homicide that occurred in Farmer City on Saturday.
Information from the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office.