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    Peter Bentz (68) missing from San Diego, CA since 11/19/17

    https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loc...462933353.html

    The San Diego Police Department is asking for the public?s assistance to help locate a man last seen in Ocean Beach four days before Thanksgiving.

    Peter Bentz, 68, was last seen on Nov. 19 at Dog Beach and was supposed to travel to San Pedro to visit family for Thanksgiving, but he never arrived.

    Bentz does not have a history of going missing and it is unlike him to not contact family or friends, according to SDPD.

    He is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds. He is bald with brown eyes and wears prescription glasses.

    Bentz was last seen driving a silver 2006 Toyota Hylander with California license plate number 6KLW914.

    Anybody with information on Bentz' whereabouts should contact SDPD at (619) 531-2000 or SDPD Missing Person's Unit at (619) 531-2277 or call 9-1-1. Bentz' reference case number is 17-500118.

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    https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loc...485279461.html

    A National City man was in custody Tuesday, accused of killing a man who was reported as missing in the days after Thanksgiving.

    Brian Hancock, 47, faces charges of murder in the disappearance of 68-year-old Peter Bentz.

    Bentz was reported missing on Dec. 7 after he failed to attend Thanksgiving dinner at a relative’s home.
    Hancock was in custody on another matter, police said, and pleaded not guilty to charges associated with Bentz' death Tuesday afternoon. He is being held on $2 million bond.

    No details were released on how Bentz was killed or what evidence led investigators to Hancock’s arrest. Police say they have yet to find Bentz' body.

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    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com...as-never-found

    A prosecutor told a San Diego Superior Court jury that Peter Bentz was killed by the defendant, who was in a rage over a sex tape possibly posted online.

    A defense attorney, however, told jurors,"We still don’t know what happened to Peter Bentz” and that, while his client was a drug addict and an unfaithful husband who made sex videos, “that doesn’t add up to murder.”

    Brian Eleron Hancock, 49, is suspected of stabbing 69-year-old Bentz to death on Nov. 21, 2017, stealing his computer, video camera and other items and dumping the body somewhere in the rural Campo area.
    Attorneys gave opening statements to jurors Tuesday afternoon in a trial being heard by Judge Joan Weber in downtown San Diego. She previously dismissed a special-circumstance allegation that Bentz was murdered during a robbery, ruling that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the allegation.

    Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Dort said Hancock admitted the slaying to his wife, telling her, “I stabbed him. It was difficult. He was a big guy. I had to stab him like seven times.”

    Hancock also allegedly told Angelina Hancock that he had left “him” near the Golden Acorn Casino near Campo, but was worried because the grave was shallow and there were coyotes around.

    On Nov. 17, 2017, the prosecutor said, Hancock took a woman to Bentz’s apartment, and they took turns having sex together, first the men, then Hancock and the woman. When the woman got a Facebook message the next day referring to a sex video of her, she and Hancock worried that Bentz had recorded them and posted the video online, Dort said.

    Hancock told the woman he would talk to Bentz about it, and later told her, “I took care of it. I fixed it,” Dort said.

    He said authorities knew Bentz was still alive on Nov. 21, 2017, because he and Hancock messaged each other on Facebook, and Bentz went to his gym. Later that day, Hancock asked if he could “swing by” Bentz’s apartment.

    Bentz failed to turn up at his brother’s for Thanksgiving or for a friend’s birthday the next day, Dort said.

    Once homicide investigators took on the case, they found Bentz’s blood spattered in his Green Street apartment. His wallet and other items were found dumped near Interstate 5 in Logan Heights. Also found there was a wadded up paper napkin with a trace of his blood and Hancock’s DNA. His car was found in Mira Mesa.

    Hancock used Bentz’s credit cards to buy bleach, a sharp-bladed mattock hand tool and a table saw, according to Dort. He said Hancock used the bleach to clean up Bentz’s apartment.

    Hancock’s lawyer, Jimmy Rodriguez, told jurors that his client was given Bentz’s credit cards as partial payment for agreeing to take part in a sex video with a number of other men at Bentz’s apartment.

    Rodriguez said, too, that Bentz let Hancock use his car because Bentz intended to go on a trip rather than to his brother’s for Thanksgiving.

    Rodriguez said Angelina Hancock changed her stories to police, first denying that her husband was involved in the killing. It was after she was threatened with being charged as an accessory after the fact that she agreed to testify against him, Rodriguez said.

    The prosecutor acknowledged that his office offered the wife immunity from prosecution so she would testify.

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    https://fox5sandiego.com/2020/01/22/...ing-arguments/

    Closing arguments were held Wednesday for the murder trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing an Ocean Beach resident over a sex tape.

    Brian Eleron Hancock, 49, of National City, is accused of murdering Peter Bentz at the victim’s apartment on Nov. 21, 2017.

    A prosecutor said Wednesday that Hancock fatally stabbed Bentz over a sex tape they filmed and then hid his body, which has not been recovered. Meanwhile, a defense attorney maintained that his client had nothing to do with the man’s disappearance or presumed death and said the prosecution’s case was based entirely on circumstantial evidence and inconsistent witness testimony.

    Deputy District Attorney Jeff Dort alleged that Hancock stabbed Bentz because he believed the victim posted a compromising video online of Hancock having sex with a woman.

    The defendant then stole Bentz’s computer — presumably to dispose of the video — and spent the next few days purchasing bleach, a shovel, a table saw, a mattock, and a rug, all with Bentz’s credit card, at different stores, while driving Bentz’s car, according to the prosecutor.

    Dort alleged that Hancock attempted to scrub the crime scene of evidence, though a police cadaver dog alerted officers to blood on a carpeted area of the apartment, which was later matched to Bentz.

    The prosecution alleges that Hancock buried Bentz’s body somewhere in Campo, though a thorough search of the area never turned up any trace of the victim.

    Hancock allegedly told his wife, Angelina, that he had killed Bentz and had trouble moving his body. Recorded jail calls played during the trial capture Hancock chastising his spouse for talking with police and asking her, “Did you tell them where?” though no specific details regarding Bentz’s death are discussed.

    Defense attorney Jimmy Rodriguez alleged that Hancock’s wife, who was given immunity for her testimony, accused her husband after intense pressure from detectives and also told jurors that she was extremely hurt by his numerous extramarital affairs.

    He said Hancock’s anger in the jail calls involved other outstanding, unrelated criminal cases.

    Hancock allegedly told another acquaintance that he stabbed Hancock seven times because of the sex tape, but Rodriguez told jurors that witness changed her story several times and cooperated with law enforcement for leniency regarding her own criminal cases. The witness initially testified during the trial that Hancock had told her he was going to “get” Bentz, then later revised her testimony to say Hancock used the word “kill” instead.

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    https://obrag.org/2020/02/national-c...t-peter-bentz/

    After 2 1/2 days of deliberations, a jury convicted a National City man Monday of first-degree murder of an Ocean Beach man whose body has never been found.

    Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Dort said Brian Eleron Hancock, 49, will have to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison before he could become eligible for parole in the death of Peter Bentz, 68.

    Dort said Hancock faces a sentence of 85 years to life in part because of his prior convictions for arson in 1999 and residential burglary in 2003.

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