Slain grad's roommates named professor on 911 call

By JESSIE L. BONNER | August 25, 2011 | 7:10 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the immediate aftermath of a brutal killing on their porch, the roommates of a slain Idaho graduate student told a 911 operator that they could think of only one person who could have fired the fatal shots — a college professor their friend had recently dated.

Meghan Walker-Smith and Emma Gregory were heard on a recording of a 911 call released Thursday and first obtained by KREM-TV ( ) telling a dispatcher that Katy Benoit had dated a University of Idaho professor, Ernesto A. Bustamante, who had just been asked to leave the school.

They told the 911 dispatcher that Bustamante had been asked to leave the school because of the 22-year-old Benoit.

Police say Bustamante committed suicide in a hotel room after killing Benoit.