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New York mother grieving daughter who was allegedly killed by ex-husband accuses Hochul policies of murder


A New York mother mourning the murder of her daughter, allegedly committed by the girl’s estranged husband, has blamed Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s support for the state’s no cash bail law for the murder of the woman.

“She should be charged with the crime. She’s also responsible for the crime,” Tammy Hudson told the New York Post this week of Hochul.

Hudson’s daughter, Keaira Bennefield, 30, was shot and killed in front of her children around 8:30 a.m. on October 5, less than 24 hours after her estranged husband was released without bail for allegedly beating her.

Adam Bennefield, 45, allegedly rammed his wife’s vehicle that morning as she took her three children to school. The children, aged 6 months to 9 years, were in the car when he allegedly shot her in execution style.

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Adam Bennefield, 45, allegedly killed his estranged wife hours after being released from police custody without bail.
(Buffalo Police Department)

Keaira Bennefield had begged police for help in the weeks leading up to her death, according to the New York Post. Adam Bennefield has a previous conviction for kidnapping another woman at gunpoint and allegedly abusing his ex-wife.

Keaira Bennefield had posted an eight-minute video on Facebook documenting her husband allegedly kicking and punching her in late September.

“That’s what this man is dosing me with but I’m still treated like I’m the aggressor!” she posted on the social media website.

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He was arrested about a week later after the alleged assault and charged with misdemeanors including third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree threatening and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

A judge issued a protective order for Keaira Bennefield on October 4 and released her husband from police custody without setting bond due to the low level charges.

“There was no evidence of anything higher than that,” Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said, Fox News Digital previously reported. “The charges were properly laid. The judge had no choice but to release this person.”

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Hudson told the New York Post that her grandchildren “had blood all over their clothes” after the horrific murder.

“You planned it, you plotted it, you were upset and you said, ‘I’m going to do this to him,'” Hudson said of Adam Bennefield. “She was planning to leave him, and he was going to stop her.”

Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, September 20, 2022.

Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, September 20, 2022.
(Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Hudson said Hochul’s support for cashless bail directly led to her daughter’s murder. The governor has repeatedly supported bail reform in the state, but introduced a 10-point plan in March that would change some aspects of the law. This plan will not be considered until at least January.

Bail reform took effect in the state in 2020 and eliminated cash bail options for most non-violent felonies and misdemeanors.

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Hudson said Hochul’s potential adjustments are a “distraction.”

“It’s not real, it’s just something that you think is going to shut us up,” Husdon said.

“But we need to be heard as people going through this. Action needs to be taken. I’m sick of the ‘Oh I’m sorry, is there anything I can do?’ when he there’s nothing you can do, because that person will never come back.

“She failed me. She failed me and my daughter and she needs to make a change with bail reform.”

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Fox News Digital reached out to Hochul’s office to comment on Hudson’s remarks Wednesday morning, but did not immediately receive a response. A spokesperson for the office told the New York Post that the governor supports the family as they mourn the murder, but did not address Hochul’s support for a cashless bond in connection with the murder.

“Governor Hochul’s top priority is keeping New Yorkers safe, which is why she has worked with the legislature to crack down on gun crimes and repeat offenders and further expand the types of cases where judges have the discretion to set bail, and have strengthened red flag laws to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals, including domestic abusers,” the spokesperson said.

Fox News Digital’s Louis Casiano contributed to this article.

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