RIP Ben Renick


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Hope whoever did this is caught! :(

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Mo. - A reptile farm owner in Montgomery County was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds on Thursday evening.

Montgomery County deputies were called to the reptile farm off of Highway RB because of a possible incident with one of the snakes.

When the deputies arrived at the farm, they found the owner, Benjamin B. Renick, 29, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Reportedly, Renick was shot by an unknown intruder. ABC 17 News will continue to follow this investigation, as it is still ongoing.
Holy FAWK.... What is wrong with people.. He seemed like such a good guy. Tragic. RIP
Jealousy is a bitch. I hope whoever did this, is caught and lit up with every arsenal possible.

This was someone that knew ben and wanted him gone. I hope his family is able to figure things out with all the animals left behind now. Use those animals if need be to find the piece of shit.
That is horrible news. He was just here yesterday, and then only hours later...


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Does anyone know if the person responsible for Ben's death was ever caught?
I just researched this a couple weeks ago and no new news about it. Horrible.
thank you for posting the update.
Finally some answers and justice.
I also appreciate the update. Still hard to believe what that monstrous woman did to him, those poor kids and his family.

October 20, 2021

Jury finds man guilty for role in Ben Renick killing


Michael Humphrey's head dropped as twelve people told a court they thought he helped commit a murder.

The jury from southeast Missouri's Cape Girardeau County found Humphrey guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action on Wednesday night in the 2017 killing of Ben Renick. Humphrey drove the person law enforcement and Humphrey's own defense team said killed Renick - his wife, Lynlee Renick.

Prosecutors argued Humphrey also gave Lynlee the gun to use in the shooting, which Humphrey's team denied. Assistant Attorney General Kevin Zoellner, who tried the case alongside special prosecutor Kelly King, said he was pleased with the jury's verdict. He declined to say anything further due to Lynlee's upcoming trial. Sam Renick, Ben's brother, said he would reserve comment until the end of Lynlee's trial.

Humphrey left the courthouse around 9:45 p.m., about 15 minutes after the jury returned its verdict. Two sheriff deputies escorted him to a Montgomery County Sheriff's Office car to take him to that county's jail. Judge Jason Lamb will sentence him on Jan. 3.

Defense attorneys T.J. Hunsaker and Brianne Besheer declined to comment, as did family members of Humphrey.

The jury began discussing their decision in the trial around 4:30 p.m. The state rested its case at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday after three and a half days of evidence, while the defense presented no evidence.

Zoellner said Humphrey's story that he knew nothing of Lynlee Renick and her co-worker, Ashley Shaw's, plot to kill Ben "doesn't fly with common sense." Zoellner pointed out text messages Lynlee and Humphrey traded hours after Ben was shot. The texts appear to show the two arranging for Humphrey to set up another massage appointment at Lynlee's former Columbia spa.

The jury watched an interview Humphrey did with the Missouri State Highway Patrol on the day of his 2020 arrest. Humphrey told Master Sgt. Marcus Reynolds he did not know of Lynlee Renick's plan to kill her husband when the two traveled to the Renicks' farm.

Prosecutors claim Humphrey drove Lynlee Renick to the property from her Columbia spa on June 8, 2017. The two allegedly worked with Shaw, a spa employee that testified on Tuesday that she helped Lynlee come up with the plot. Zoellner said Humphrey also gave Lynlee Renick the gun to use.

Defense attorney T.J. Hunsaker focused on Lynlee and Shaw's role in the plan. He said the two came up with the details of the plan and left Humphrey out of most of it, other than to recruit him to drive to the property. He criticized the highway patrol investigators for latching onto Shaw's version of events she gave after striking a deal with prosecutors to avoid charges.

Humphrey's two-hour interview in 2020 with Reynolds instead puts the gun in Lynlee's hands when the two arrived on the Renicks' property near New Florence. Humphrey said he went with Lynlee, his ex-girlfriend, to help her collect her stuff as she ended her relationship with Ben. Humphrey said he was there to make sure "things didn't get out of hand." Humphrey said when they got out of the car, Lynlee Renick tried handing him a gun, which he pushed away. Humphrey said he did not see the gun after that. Investigators have not recovered a weapon they believe was used in the shooting.

Zoellner questioned why Humphrey continued on with the interaction at the Renick property after Lynlee tried handing him the gun.

"What do we think of people who help people commit murder?" Zoellner asked the jury to consider when deliberating.

Humphrey said he and Lynlee met Ben at his snake barn, where the breeder kept thousands of his pythons and anacondas that made him a renowned and soon-to-be-wealthy businessman. Humphrey said it was only 10 seconds after they walked into the barn that he heard the first gunshot. He ran out of the building back toward the car, according to his interview.

"I didn't know what was going to happen at all," Humphrey said.

Shaw testified before that she and Lynlee Renick tried recruiting Humphrey to kill Ben. The two women previously tried to kill Ben by crushing up more than a dozen Percocets and placing them in a protein shake.

Prosecutors pointed out in opening statements that Humphrey's story on his involvement changed as investigators spoke with him. He first told the highway patrol he had car trouble the day of Ben's death and met with Lynlee that day to get a massage.

Lynlee Renick's trial is set to start in December in Boone County.
Prosecutor says murder weapon found in Renick case

COLUMBIA—Prosecutors in the murder trial against Lynlee Renick say police have found what they believe to be the gun used to kill Lynlee’s husband, Ben.

After Michael Humphrey was convicted of murder in the case on October 20, prosecuting attorney Kevin Zoellner said they are working on a deal with Humphrey.

Among other things, Zoellner said Humphrey will testify against Lynlee Renick in exchange for a life sentence, with the option of parole, by downgrading the charge from first-degree to second-degree murder.

Zoellner said Humphrey led police to the firearm on Friday, and investigators are sending the weapon to a crime lab for confirmation.

In Friday’s hearing, at which Renick was present, the defense filed several motions for Judge Kevin Crane to consider, most of which involved removing evidence or testimony from consideration for submission.

Judge Crane denied most of the motions, even calling one motion bordering on a conspiracy theory.

Prosecutors also say the players around Renick are just as important to the case, including two who allegedly had knowledge of the murder and may have been involved, as well as a partner of Renick’s, with whom prosecutors say she was having an affair and confided in him the murder.

Lynlee Renick is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Her trial is scheduled to begin on December 6, beginning with jury selection as a pool of 70 potential jurors from Clay County look to be vetted.
Renick attorney wants informant left out of Montgomery County murder trial

Attorneys for the woman accused of killing a Montgomery County snake breeder want the man she allegedly confessed to left out of trial.

Lynlee Renick's team wants to keep Brandon Blackwell from testifying at her murder trial. The trial is set to start on Dec. 6 in Boone County. Attorney Tim Hesemann said Blackwell refused to talk to attorneys about his pending case for allegedly stalking Renick in 2019, and what motivation that case may have had on him speaking with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Blackwell's testimony proved crucial to the patrol's case against Renick and Michael Humphrey. Prosecutors charged them both with first-degree murder shortly after Blackwell spoke with law enforcement in January 2020. Blackwell said at Humphrey's trial in October that Renick confessed to him that she and her co-worker, Ashley Shaw, plotted to kill Ben with Humphrey's help.

A jury convicted Humphrey of first-degree murder.

Hesemann wrote in a motion on Thursday that Blackwell refused to talk to them about his pending case in Boone County at a May 2021 deposition. Judge Kevin Crane approved a request for a new deposition of Blackwell at pre-trial hearing. Hesemann claims at that next deposition on Nov. 17 that Blackwell "after several preliminary questions, again refused to answer any questions related to his stalking or violation of an order of protection charges."

Hesemann said Blackwell's refusal to talk about limits Lynlee Renick's ability to defend herself in court. Both sides will argue the motion at a Dec. 1 hearing. Jury selection for Lynlee Renick's case is set to start on Dec. 3 in Clay County, near Kansas City. Jurors will then be taken to Boone County for trial starting Dec. 6.

Blackwell's attorney, Jeff Hilbrenner, declined to comment. Hesemann did not respond to a request for comment late Friday.

Blackwell could be one of several witnesses to implicate Lynlee Renick for Ben's death. Shaw testified at Humphrey's trial that she and Lynlee had come up with at least two plots to kill Ben. The first involved Shaw getting a hold of 12-15 Percocet pills to slip into a protein shake for Ben. When that did not kill him, Shaw said the pair recruited Humphrey, Lynlee Renick's ex-boyfriend, to help them get a gun. Shaw reached an agreement with prosecutors to work with them in exchange for immunity.

Prosecutors revealed at a pre-trial hearing that Humphrey and his attorneys helped them find a gun that they say was used to kill Ben. Prosecutors have certified Humphrey as a witness for the state, but could choose not to call him at the trial.
Lynlee Renick, accused in husband’s Montgomery County murder, takes stand

The defense called Lynlee Renick to the stand as the third day of her trial at the Boone County Courthouse began. The trial is being heard here on a change of venue with a jury brought in from Clay County, Missouri.

Renick is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the deadly shooting of her husband, Ben Renick, at his snake-breeding facility in 2017. Prosecutors allege Lynlee Renick enlisted two friends in her plot to kill her husband after her spa had financial troubles. They accuse Lynlee Renick of pulling the trigger.

The jury has already heard from Lynlee Renick's two alleged co-conspirators -- Ashley Shaw and Michael Humphrey -- and other witnesses including investigators who worked on the case and first responders who were at the scene the day of Ben Renick's death.

Lynlee Renick described Wednesday the issues that affected her marriage before her husband's death. She said Ben Renick was planning to shut down her spa business because of the financial drain it caused and denied what prosecutors said was an earlier attempt on her husband's life by poisoning him with painkillers.

She also accused her late husband of abuse and said she had decided before his death that she wanted a divorce. Lynlee Renick admitted to going to the snake breeding facility with Humphrey the day of Ben Renick's death, but says Humphrey pulled the trigger.

Lynlee Renick told jurors she didn't want to believe that her husband had been killed and that she regretted lying to police about being at the facility when Ben Renick was shot to death.