Man charged in murder of NC mom of 4 found in dumpster

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WFMY) — A man has been charged in connection with the murder of a Winston-Salem mother of four whose body was found in a dumpster.

Deputies obtained a warrant for arrest for Mario Kinard Bennett for the murder of 30-year-old Shantika Lashae Dunlap, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

In December, the mother of four was reported missing but her body was later found in a dumpster on Country Club Road in Winston-Salem.

Bennett is already currently in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center under no bond.

He has a court date of March 7.

WFMY News 2 spoke with Shantika Dunlap’s mother Latonia Mayes after the arrest was made. Mayes said she doesn’t know Bennett and doesn’t believe Dunlap had any affiliation with him either.

Timeline Of Crime

Dec. 15, 2018
Dunlap’s body was found on Country Club Road in Winston-Salem.  

A warrant for arrest was obtained for Mario Kinard Bennett for felonious larceny of chose in action.

Dec. 16, 2018
Just a day later, on Dec. 16, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Community Corrections obtained an additional warrant for Bennett’s arrest, charging Bennett with interference with an electronic monitoring device.

Dec. 28, 2018
Bennett was found and arrested in Tampa, Florida, by authorities in that jurisdiction.

He was then taken back to North Carolina where he has been held in Forsyth County Detention Center ever since.

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