Update-May 13th 2009
Benjamin Packer is scheduled to be arraigned in Martinez this afternoon on charges that he killed his father and attempted to kill his mother during an attack inside their home Friday night. Benjamin Packer also faces two enhancements for allegedly using a knife to stab his parents and a third enhancement for causing great bodily injury to his mother, according to court records. Packer remains in custody on more than $2 million bail. Brentwood police Sgt. Mark Misquez said today that Packer’s parents had been talking to him inside their home in the 1200 block of Ironwood Drive when “he brutally attacked both his father and his mother with a knife.” A violent struggle ensued, but Packer’s mother was finally able to escape. She locked herself and her 8-year-old daughter in a bedroom and called 911, Misquez said. When officers arrived, they found Packer sitting in the driveway of his home, police said. Inside the home, officers found Packer’s father, 42-year-old Dennis Packer, suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, where he later died from his injuries, according to police. Packer’s mother sustained a significant cut to her forearm arm and was also taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released. The 8-year-old girl was unharmed in the attack, Misquez said. According to Misquez, Packer had a history of drug abuse and
police had been called to the house at least twice to respond to family disputes involving Packer. A memorial fund has been set up for the Packer family at the Bank of The West in Brentwood. Checks can be made out to the Dennis Patrick Packer Memorial Fund and either dropped off or mailed to the bank at 4540 Balfour Road, Brentwood, CA 94513.
A 20-year-old Brentwood man is in county jail today after he allegedly stabbed his father to death inside their home Friday night, Brentwood police Lt. Doug Silva said.The stabbing was reported at about 10:35 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ironwood Drive.The area is a quiet,residential neighborhood near a playground and a school, Silva said.When police arrived, they found Benjamin Packer sitting in the driveway of his home, police said.Inside the home, officers found Packer’s father, 42-year-old Dennis Packer, suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, where he later died from his injuries, according to police. Benjamin Packer was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, police said. His bail has been set at more than $2 million, according to a county jail official.Investigators were continuing to interview people about the case today, but still didn’t know what led up to the stabbing, Silva said.Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Brentwood police Detective Aguiar at (925) 634-6911.The slaying is the city’s first homicide this year, Silva said.