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Kansas AG Mulls Seeking Death Penalty For 4 Killings

Associated Press - December 4, 2013 7:40 pm

A Kansas man who spent 15 years in prison for a killing he didn't commit says his case is a good example of why the state should repeal its death penalty.

A Kansas man who spent 15 years in prison for a killing he didn't commit says his case is a good example of why the state should repeal its death penalty.

An assistant Kansas attorney general says there’s no decision yet on whether the state will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a Parsons woman and her three children.

But Assistant Attorney General Amy Hanley declined to comment further Wednesday about the prosecution of 22-year-old David Cornell Bennett Jr., of Cherryvale. The alternative to a death sentence in a capital case is life in prison without parole.

Bennett is charged with capital murder, rape and criminal threats in the deaths of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her children, ages 4, 6 and 9. Their bodies were found Nov. 25 in their southeast Kansas home.

Bennett returned to Labette County District Court on Wednesday and listened quietly a judge read the charges during a 10-minute hearing.

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