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Wisconsin carnival workers held on murder charges

  • Associated Press
  • September 11, 2013 - 8:00 AM

MANTOWOC, Wis. — Two Wisconsin brothers working a local festival in rural central Illinois are charged with robbing a man and killing him.

Twenty-five-year-old James Jacquart, of Manitowoc (MAN'-ih-toh-walk), and his 22-year-old brother, Alexander Jacquart, of Valders, are each being held on $1 million bail in DeWitt County, Ill. Authorities say the brothers were working at the Heritage Days festival in Farmer City, Ill., at the time the body of Blayne Benefield was discovered last Saturday.

WOMT-AM (http://bit.ly/GEG7Ft ) says the Jacquarts are charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. The brothers worked for Big H Amusements, the carnival operator for Heritage Days.

DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice says an autopsy indicates Benefield was strangled and stabbed. His body was discovered in a lot near downtown Farmer City.

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