Murder trial: Night out ends in death of two women and a man

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What began as a night out for two couples at an Arlington pool hall ended in a hail of gunfire that left two women and a man dead, and eight children without mothers. Dalton James Bennett Jr., 47, is on trial on capital murder charges in the shooting death of Sheryl Bennett, his estranged wife, and her friends Tana Todd and Jose Reyes. Johnny Todd, who was Tana Todd's husband, also was shot but survived.

"This is not a whodunit," said Rhett Parham, who is prosecuting the case with Sean Colston. "Dalton doesn't blame it on anyone else. When this is over, we think the evidence will overwhelmingly show that Dalton Bennett is guilty of capital murder."

Dalton and Sheryl Bennett were married but not living together on June 17, the night of the shooting. The two couples planned a night out but did not know that Dalton Bennett was also at Rusty's Pool Hall in Arlington when they arrived, Parham said during opening statements.

Dalton Bennett left the pool hall after seeing his wife and her friends.

Cindy Miller, Dalton Bennett's friend, testified that she told Bennett that his wife and her friends left the pool hall around 1 a.m. Miller said Bennett believed his wife was seeing another man.

After leaving the pool hall, the four ended up at Sheryl Bennett's home in the Rolling Meadow apartment complex, about a quarter-mile from the home of Dalton Bennett's mother, Parham said.

After grabbing a .45-caliber handgun, Bennett went to his estranged wife's home and opened fire, Parham said.

As Dalton Bennett was killing his wife, he told her, "'Here's your divorce,''' Parham told the jury. The Bennetts had five children.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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