The random homicide of a 46-year-old former horse coach at a Minnesota resort final week shocked the tiny city of Nisswa with its senselessness, however police now say the sufferer was most likely not even the actual goal.
Bethany Bernatsky had solely moved in on the Cozy Bay Resort a number of weeks earlier than she was gunned down final Thursday. Nevertheless it appears the tranquil spot was dangerously near a tense, home drama unraveling throughout the road.
The accused gunman, 26-year-old Cameron J. Moser, had reportedly been harassing the resort’s former homeowners, who additionally occurred to be the household of his ex-girlfriend.
In keeping with Bret Jevning, who now owns an RV park proper throughout from the resort, Moser was “mistaking [Bernatsky] for my daughter” when he allegedly shot her, the Minneapolis Star Tribune stories.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard confirmed Tuesday that investigators are trying into the chance that the killing was a case of mistaken id, calling it “one of many situations that we’re engaged on.”
It was not instantly clear why Moser would have been concentrating on his ex-girlfriend, however Jevner advised the Tribune that Moser had come by the RV park in search of her and seemed to be upset that she stopped utilizing medicine—presumably one of many causes for his or her breakup.
“He was taunting her through the use of [drugs] himself,” Jevning was quoted saying, including that Moser “was offended as a result of we weren’t giving him entry to my daughter.”
A legal criticism written by Crow County investigators additionally notes that Moser had beforehand been in a relationship with the daughter of the previous homeowners of the resort, and that he had visited the Mollie Lake RV Park every week earlier than the capturing looking for his ex-girlfriend.
Moser was arrested following a dramatic standoff with police exterior the resort, after authorities say a 911 name about gunfire led authorities to a rifle-toting Moser and, as they later found, a fatally wounded Bernatsky on the ground of her resort cabin. Moser is at the moment behind bars with a $1 million bond, and his subsequent court docket listening to is scheduled for Oct. 20. He faces a cost of second-degree intentional homicide.
Bernatsky is alleged to have strongly resembled Moser’s ex-girlfriend.
The 2 “look related. They’ve the identical physique construction, top, and hair colour,” Bernatsky’s brother, Ben, advised the Star Tribune.
Bernatsky had apparently been well-known on the planet of horse coaching, along with her former employer, Liston Coaching Stables, praising her for her “very light, virtually ethereal strategy to coaching.” Her Fb web page is filled with images of herself smiling broadly as she rides horses, with some exhibiting her throughout her performances at a Medieval Occasions in Southern California, the place she beforehand labored.
“She was a savant within the horse world,” her brother mentioned.
She had reportedly been planning to remain on the resort by way of the winter. As an alternative, her household is now making ready for her funeral, all as a result of Moser, her brother says, “killed the mistaken individual.”