BERNE, Ind. (WANE) — A Berne man who police said admitted to fatally stabbing a woman told police that Satan told him to do it.
Austin Griffith, 34, faces a preliminary charge of murder in connection with the death of 34-year-old Kayla Bentley. She was stabbed 27 times inside their Berne apartment Thursday night, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police were called to the Continental Village Apartments, in the 700 block of Stucky Street, around 8 p.m. Police found Bentley sitting in a chair in front of an upstairs apartment surrounded by a large pool of blood.
A neighbor told police she had been stabbed.
According to court documents, Griffith yelled to police, “I’m over here.” After being placed in handcuffs, he reportedly told police he “lost control” and asked if Bentley was dying.
Once in police custody Griffith told investigators that he had to stop the “sick god” inside her, the affidavit said. He told police if he didn’t kill her, humanity was at risk. He also told police that the “monster” inside Bentley was “provoking him” so he stabbed her to death.
Griffith admitted that he ran out of the back door and then sat in the grass. According to court documents, he said he was acting on behalf of his god, Satan.
Jamie Sloan, a family member of Griffith’s, said he had been battling mental illness since he was a child. She said the voices in his head became difficult to ignore.
“It got so bad for him he would have to put headphones on and try to erase them out of his mind,” said Sloan.
Sloan said Griffith and Bentley lived together and planned to get married.
“In his right mind he would have never done this to her,” said Sloan. “He loved her. He truly he loved her. If he ever snaps out of this he will never be able to forgive himself.”
While being transported to the hospital Bentley told police that Griffith stabbed her before she died.
Neighbors recall seeing Bentley in distress moments before first responders arrived.
“All of the sudden Kayla came running up the steps,” said Brenda Brewster. “She said Brenda help me. She was just dipping with blood she had it all over everywhere.”
“Yea I went upstairs and I happened to look over,” said another neighbor. “She was sitting there and she was just covered in blood. I was like man something bad had actually happened.”
Adams County Coroner Leslie Cook said Bentley died of multiple blunt force injuries and her death has been ruled a homicide.
Griffith is being held at the Adams County Detention Center with no bond.