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    Snake breeder Benjamin Renick (29) was shot to death and his wife Lynlee Renick and her boyfriend have been arrested for murder

    This case is about to go to trial.

    A world-famous snake breeder?s wife stands accused of his murder.

    It?s taken several years to bring the case to trial, but a preliminary hearing for Lynlee Renick is set for Monday, June 15.

    Lynlee Renick allegedly admitted to police that she shot Benjamin Renick at his Missouri reptile farm back in 2017 and attempted to kill him once before.

    Michael Humphrey, Lynlee?s ex-boyfriend, also faces charges in connection with Benjamin Renick?s death. Both have been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, although Lynlee has admitted to being the one who fired the gun.

    According to police, Ben was the victim of multiple gunshot wounds with one being a contact wound to the head. Ben was 29-years-old at the time of his death.

    In an exclusive interview with Court TV, the victim?s brother Sam Renick said there were ?tons? of red flags regarding Lynlee.

    ?It was a trifecta,? said Sam. ?I had just put the farm in Ben?s hands, he?d just taken out a $1 million life insurance policy, and he?d just sold the majority of his snakes to a major buyer. It was apparent to a lot of people, not just myself, that something was wrong.?

    Sam believes Lynlee was motivated by greed, explaining to Court TV that Lynlee?s spa business was on the brink of failure and that Ben had discovered Lynlee was having multiple affairs. According to Sam, she feared losing out on the family?s large fortune. She also reportedly didn?t want Ben to take the couple?s two children away from her.

    According to Sam, after Ben?s death, the family?s land went to Lynlee, who quickly kicked Sam and his family off the premises.

    Sam also said the Lynlee had accepted approximately $40,000 in donations from people in the reptile community even though she did not need it.

    As prosecutors in Missouri begin making their case that two people killed Ben Renick in 2017, courts are still settling millions of dollars worth of deals he started before his death.

    In the years since Renick, 29, was shot and killed at his Montgomery County home near New Florence, attorneys and family members have argued over his belongings. That includes his world-renowned snake breeding business, Renick Reptiles, which Renick was in the process of selling to a professional hockey player when he was killed.

    His wife, Lynlee Renick, and her ex-boyfriend Michael Humphrey are charged with first-degree murder in Ben's death. Tim Hesemann and Jay Anielak, Lynlee Renick and Humphrey's attorneys respectively, did not respond to requests for comment.

    An ABC 17 News Investigates review of available court records paints a timeline of events that shows Renick may have been getting out of the business altogether, and shows the financial strife his wife, Lynlee, was under.

    Renick agreed to sell his snakes, ball pythons and anacondas, to NHL goalie Robin Lehner in early 2017 for $1.2 million. Lehner would pay Renick in quarterly installments of $200,000 throughout the year. Lehner made one such payment in February 2017.

    At the same time, Lynlee Renick dealt with credit card debt and missed bills from construction crews that worked on her business, Ascencia Spa in Columbia. A lawsuit from Capital One shows Lynlee owed $2,203 in debt, with the last payment made on June 5, 2017. Two companies sued the spa in early 2017 over more than $8,000 in missed payments for work they did years prior.

    A probable cause statement from the highway patrol said Lynlee feared Ben would leave her because she was "sucking money out of the business."

    Ben Renick was killed at his home off Route RB on June 8, 2017. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Renick was shot while taking trash out of one of the breeding facilities.

    The patrol's probable cause statement said Lynlee worried that Ben would have enough money to take their children away. A former partner of Lynlee's told investigators that Lynlee justified this by saying Ben once tried to put drugs in her drink to make it look like she was an addict -- a story the informant said he didn't believe.

    In Feb. 2018, Lynlee Renick requested two different payment types from Ben's estate - a homestead allowance of $15,000 and a monthly family allowance of $4,025. A hearing for Lynlee's request on the family allowance has been pushed back following her arrest.
    Financial questions

    Following Ben's death, two court cases began to settle Ben's financials -- an estate case in Montgomery County and the establishment of trust funds for Ben and Lynlee's daughter and a boy Lynlee had with another man before their marriage.

    Charles Thal took over the estate, according to documents filed by attorney Steve Laiderman of St. Louis, who did not respond to requests for comment. Thal is also listed as the registered owner of Renick Reptiles.

    The estate case has hit several legal snags. Renick Reptiles sued Lehner in St. Louis County in 2018 after Lehner stopped making payments for the snakes. In the summer of that year, Renick's property in Montgomery County sold to a couple for more than $740,000.

    Ben's brother, Sam Renick, also made a claim with the court that he had partial ownership of the property in Montgomery County. Renick's estate and Sam Renick settled the claims in the summer of 2019, with the estate paying Sam $18,000. Additional terms of the settlement were not disclosed in court documents.

    Lehner countersued in December of that year, claiming that he took on millions of dollars in costs taking care of Renick's animals. At some point after Ben's death, he said, the snakes "began breeding amongst one another in an unsupervised, uncontrolled manner." That caused the collection of snakes to lose value, but Lehner's attorneys did not specify by how much.

    Renick Reptiles then claimed in July 2019 that at some point, Lehner "stole a collection of anacondas [from] Renick Reptiles' place of business (as well as taking the collection of ball pythons that Lehner refused to pay for)." The lawsuit does not say how many snakes were allegedly taken.

    The two sides suddenly announced a settlement in November 2019. A filing in the Montgomery County estate case from that August said the two sides had reached a settlement, but wanted to keep the terms of it confidential. Laiderman wrote that both sides wanted to "complete [Lehner]'s purchase of the [snakes]."

    Lehner's attorney Sean Cochran did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

    Ben had a $1 million life insurance policy made out to the two children, each of which received $473,000 after paying for the work attorneys did to establish the case. Judge Stephanie Morrell placed the funds in the care of Evolve Bank & Trust in Memphis until the children turn 18 years old.

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    victim -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Damn, she traded down.
    Way down ... I think she should have kept the man and killed all of his snakes.

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    Im surprised he wasnt killed by one of his snakes.

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    I didn't know there was such a thing as "World-Famous Snake Breeders."

    All those years around snakes and then he up and marries one. My heart breaks for this guy's family. Dad kills himself, son is murdered, grandchildren are taken away - all in the same year. How much grief can one family take?

    Rest in peace, Ben...
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    Not sure why it didn't go to court before.

    Murder trial starts Monday for Lynlee Renick, accused of killing her reptile breeding husband

    The murder trial of Lynlee Renick is set to start on Monday. Renick is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the death of her husband, Ben Renick.
    On the day of murder Ben Renick, Lynlee's ex-boyfriend, Michael Humphrey allegedly drove Lynlee to her and Ben's home in Montgomery County. During this time, Ashley Shaw an employee of Lynlee's Columbia spa, stayed back at the spa to send text messages to Lynlee's phone to cover their tracks.
    In January of 2020, three years after Ben's death, Brandon Blackwell went to the Missouri Highway Patrol saying Lynlee had confessed to him about the murder. This led to the arrests of Lynlee and Humphrey and they both were charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

    According to court documents, Lynlee was facing financial issues with her Columbia based spa and she was fearful Ben had the means to take their children away from her. This led prosecutors to believe Lynlee had a financial motive to kill Ben.

    Ashley Shaw reached a deal with prosecutors and was not charged in the murder.

    A jury found her ex-boyfriend Michael Humphrey guilty of first-degree murder for helping with the murder in October. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January of 2022.

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    Lynlee Renick convicted of second-degree murder of snake breeding husband

    A jury of seven women and five men selected from Clay County deliberated Wednesday to convict Lynlee Renick of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

    She killed her husband, Ben Renick, a well-known Montgomery County snake breeder June 8, 2017. He was shot eight times.

    Lynlee Renick conspired with employees of her now-closed Columbia spa Ascensia and an ex-boyfriend to murder her husband.

    The jury deliberated for roughly 11 1/2 hours, over Wednesday and Thursday.

    Renick was out on her own recognizance throughout the trial and after the reading of the verdict, the state moved to have her bond denied and she was returned to custody before sentencing.

    Following the reading of the verdict, Renick was seen sobbing and holding onto one of her defense staff for support.

    The employees, Ashley Shaw and Rachel Hunt, testified against Renick as part of immunity deals with prosecutors. Ex-boyfriend Michael Humphrey was convicted in October in Audrain County of the crime.

    He worked out a deal with prosecutors for a lesser charge and sentence when he provided the location of the murder weapon.

    Renick, took the stand in her defense Wednesday, alleging it was Humphrey, not her to pull the trigger. She said she never planned to kill her husband, but needed moral support June 8, 2017, to tell Ben she wanted a divorce. Renick alleged Ben had recently become physically and sexually abusive to her.

    Renick when cross-examined by the prosecution admitted to being a willing participant in her husband's death and to covering up Humphrey's involvement.
    Following another 30 minutes of deliberation, the jury returned a sentencing recommendation of 13 years for second-degree murder and the three-year minimum for armed criminal action.

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