Ohio Man Accused Of Strangling Girlfriend, Dumping Her Body At Landfill In Rolled-Up Rug: Police

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Source: Columbus Division of Police

Mar. 13 2023, Published 2:15 p.m. ET

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An Ohio man faces a murder charge after the body of a woman he was believed to be in a relationship with was recently found at a landfill, authorities said.

On March 13, Gene Scott, 46, of Columbus, appeared in court virtually in connection with the death of Renee Benedetti over one and a half months ago, WCMH reported.

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A complaint filed in Franklin County Municipal Court and obtained by the station claims that on Jan. 29, Scott and Benedetti got into a dispute at their apartment in Clintonville and Scott allegedly began choking her.

After Benedetti was dead, Scott allegedly rolled up her body in a rug and then disposed of it at a landfill in Georgetown, police said.

Investigators identified Scott as a suspect in Benedetti’s murder as early as Feb. 8, court documents show, and he was arrested in Kentucky not long after a search of his property allegedly turned up a weapon with no serial number.


Scott, a convicted felon, was initially charged on illegal firearm possession charges, officials said.

The victim’s remains were located on March 9. Scottt is now facing a murder charge in connection with Benedetti’s death.

Scott was ordered to have no contact with the victim’s family and ordered held on $1 million bond.


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