Less than a month after a jury convicted a Missouri woman of killing her snake husband, the now-convicted hitman has filed a lawsuit alleging that her ex-boyfriend made false statements to authorities. law enforcement – statements that led to her prosecution, conviction, and detention. In the suit, Lynlee Jo Renick allege that Brandon Blackwell intentionally lied to the investigator to implicate her in the murder of her husband, 29 years old Benjamin Renick.
Benjamin Renick, a prominent reptile dealer, was fatally shot in the back at his snake facility on June 8, 2017. Lynlee was convicted in December 2021 of second degree murder. after a widely publicized criminal trial . She was sentenced to 16 years behind bars.
According to the libel petition pay Last month in Boone County Circuit Court, Lynlee was only charged, indicted, and unanimous in murder by a jury for the false charges Blackwell brought before her criminal trial. Those claims are believed to have taken place between January 14, 2020 and January 16, 2020.
“The Respondent’s statements were known to the Respondent to be untrue and were given without reason or justification and were given with the malicious intent to damage the reputation of the Plaintiff and make her She was arrested, imprisoned, criminally prosecuted, and lost custody of her children. Plaintiff and Defendant have things in common,” the petition claims. “As a direct and immediate consequence of Respondent’s false and defamatory statements, Plaintiff’s reputation was damaged, and she was prosecuted.”
Court documents show Blackwell first sat down to interview Missouri State Highway Patrol Agency investigators in January 2020 after claiming he had important information about a case unsolved murder in the New Florence area, Columbia Missourian report. Through several interviews, Blackwell explained that he and Lynlee were romantically involved and said that at some point during their relationship, Lynlee admitted to him that she had shot and killed her husband. me.
That advice is said to have breathed new life into the investigation, which has seen little progress in the nearly three years since Benjamin Renick’s death.
Following her 16-year prison sentence, Lynlee further alleges in the lawsuit that Blackwell’s statements to investigators deprived her of her “right to freedom of movement and association” as well as “love, comfort, affection, and affection.” affection and companionship of her three children. . ”
Lynlee is seeking actual and punitive damages in excess of $25,000 as well as court costs.
Columbia NBC affiliate KOMU-TV report that Blackwell was in prison on two counts of first-degree stalking and five counts of violating a protective order against Lynlee. The order was terminated in November 2021.
She and Blackwell were said to have been romantically involved before Benjamin was murdered and had a child together after his death. Online court records show that in May 2019 he was ordered to pay Lynlee $760.00 in child support.
Lynlee’s attorney, Connie M. Sullivandid not immediately respond to a request for comment from Law & Crime.
Equal previous report Under Law & Crime, prosecutors allege Lynlee was the mastermind behind a plot to kill her husband and allegedly recruited her help. Ashley Shawa friend from work, and Michael Humphrey, Lynlee’s ex-boyfriend, to carry out her supposed plans. A grand jury in October 2021 found Humphrey guilty of first-degree murder and armed crime in the subsequent death of Benjamin Renick.
Prosecutors said Lynlee and Shaw initially planned to kill their husband by mixing his protein shake with Percocet. When that didn’t work, Lynlee found Humphrey and tried to hire him to take out Benjamin. Lynlee testified at trial that Humphrey was the one who shot and killed her husband.
But both Shaw and Humphrey testified that while Lynlee drew them into the murder plot, she alone shot and killed Benjamin. Both cut off dealings with prosecutors. Shaw completely dodged the charges, while Humphrey managed to be found guilty of first-degree murder and relegated to second-degree murder.
Blackwell has no attorneys listed on the court as of the time of this report. As a result, Law & Crime was unable to reach a representative for Blackwell for comment.
According to online prison records maintained by the Missouri Department of Corrections, Lynlee Renick remains locked up at the Women’s Orientation, Diagnosis, and Correctional Center in Vandalia, Mo., a rural town a few miles from St. . Louis about 1 hour and 45 minutes northwest.
Read Lynlee’s court filings below.
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