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Berne man claims girlfriend ‘had powers’, fatally stabs her

BERNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Police say a 34-year-old woman was stabbed dozens of times by her boyfriend who claimed he was acting on behalf of Satan.

Court documents say police were called to an apartment complex in Berne on Sept. 12 in reference to a person bleeding inside a unit belonging to Austin Griffith and Kayla Bentley, both 34 years old.

When police arrived they saw Bentley on a chair in front of an upstairs apartment unit with a “very large amount” of blood outside of the apartment.

The officer said he heard Griffith yell “I’m over here,” and found him in the yard by the apartment building, covered in blood.

He was taken into custody, and said to the officer “I lost control,” “she’s dying, isn’t she,” and “oh my god, what did I do?”

Police then asked Bentley who stabbed her, and she replied “Austin.” Officers went into the apartment and found a knife on the floor and blood on the floor and walls, with a trail leading to an upstairs apartment unit.

During an interview with police, documents say Griffith admitted to stabbing Bentley multiple times. The coroner ruled that she had been stabbed 27 times.

Griffith said Bentley had a god or monster inside her that ‘had powers’ and was terrorizing him. He claimed he “had to stop the sick god,” and said “I had to stop it or humanity was at risk.”

He then claimed he was acting on behalf of Satan, and said “my god, Satan, blessed her with no pain.”

Police noted that they were also called to the apartment on Sept. 2 when Griffith said he was tired of Bentley accusing him of cheating on her and wanted her out of the apartment. At that time, officers said there were no accusations of violence.

Bentley died of her injuries on the way to the hospital. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Griffith is currently being held at the Adams County Detention Center on the preliminary charge of Murder, with no bond.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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