Detective to Seek Manslaughter Charge Against Pepperdine President’s Son
VAN NUYS, Calif. — An L.A. County Sheriff’s detective says he will recommend the D.A. file felony charges against Chris Benton, the son of Pepperdine University President Andrew Benton, in the overdose death of Katie Wilkins.
Det. Tim O’Quinn told the Malibu Times that he will recommend Benton be charged with involuntary manslaughter and taking a vehicle without an owner’s consent.
The body of the 25-year-old graphic designer was found by her brother in the garage of their parent’s home in the 23400 block of Moon Shadows Drive last April 28.
Investigators believe Benton was present with Wilkins before her death from a heroin overdose.
Surveillance footage showed Benton getting into a car with Wilkins at a McDonald’s restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway, hours before her brother discovered her body.
He is currently serving a two-year term in prison for a 2012 incident involving a loaded gun on the Pepperdine campus.
Benton admitted threatening his father at the family’s home on the Malibu campus on Aug. 22 during a family argument.
He returned to campus the next day and was arrested and charged with five felony counts, including possession of a firearm by a narcotic addict.
Benton has three prior felony convictions.