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Man charged in 4 Kansas slayings returning to court

KSAL Staff - December 4, 2013 4:14 am

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.