José Benítez Tilley was sentenced to 65 years in prison for double homicide

The deaths of Dustin Carr and Haley Smith were found in the back of the store on February 13 when a Papa John’s employee arrived for work in the morning. A former co-worker named José Benítez Tilley killed the engaged couple, who had been working late Saturday night at the pizzeria.

What did Jose Benitez Tilley do?

A few days later, José Benítez Tilley was arrested by the Elkhart County Homicide Unit in connection with the double homicide that shocked the entire neighborhood. Before he was fired, Tilley apparently worked at Papa John’s with the couple. Police were able to detect Tilley fatally shooting Carr and Smith through security film.

The former Papa John’s employee, who pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in Elkhart County last month, was handed the maximum punishment for murder under Indiana state law on Thursday, July 14. He was given 65 years in prison. Tilley received two simultaneous 65-year sentences.

Haley Smith Murder of Papa John’s Employee Investigated

The investigation into the murder of a Papa John employee by Haley Smith and Dustin Carr. In the winter of 2021, Haley Smith, 22, and Dustin Carr, 37, had just gotten engaged. Family friends have said the 22-year-old “loved reading books”. She loved sunflowers, they added. Why would you hurt someone like that?

On Saturday, only Smith and Carr were working at the restaurant.

According to witnesses. Only Smith and Carr were working at the restaurant on Saturday night. When José Benítez Tilley, a resident of Gosén, returned that same night to apply for the job he had previously been denied; Surveillance video shows Tilley entering the Papa John’s location. After about 30 minutes, the video captures him walking out of the establishment and leaving the lights off as he pulls up to the rear of the restaurant. The next morning, the remains were found in an alley behind the restaurant.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Christofeno questioned José Benítez Tilley, who later acknowledged shooting the couple to death in February. Before fleeing the scene, he reportedly admitted to stealing the deceased’s money and jewelry. The judge dropped a second count of mistreatment of a corpse.

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