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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Man charged in 4 Kan. slayings returning to court

  • A 22-year-old man is returning to court after being charged with capital murder in the deaths of a southeast Kansas mother and her three children.
    Wednesday afternoon's hearing in Labette County District Court comes a day after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office filed a complaint against David Cornell Bennett Jr. of Cherryvale.
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  • A 22-year-old man is returning to court after being charged with capital murder in the deaths of a southeast Kansas mother and her three children. Wednesday afternoon's hearing in Labette County District Court comes a day after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office filed a complaint against David Cornell Bennett Jr. of Cherryvale. Schmidt's office also charged Bennett with raping and making criminal threats against 29-year-old Cami Umbarger. Also, as an alternative to the capital murder charge, four counts of premeditated, first-degree murder were filed. Umbarger and her three children, ages 4, 6 and 9, were found Nov. 25 in their Parsons home. Bennett remains jailed on $5 million bond. Kansas law allows the death penalty for multiple, premeditated murders arising from a single series of events or scheme.

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