Bennett Jr. charged with murder, rape in Parsons homicides

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Provided photo of David Cornell Bennett Jr., of Cherryvale, Kansas.

PARSONS, Kan. — A man has been criminally charged in connection to the deaths of a mother and her three children. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced that David Cornell Bennett, Jr. has been charged with capital murder, rape and two counts of criminal threat as is he suspected of killing Cami Jo Umbarger and her three children.

Schmidt has also filed four counts of pre-meditated first-degree murder as an alternative to the capital murder charge. This action gives prosecutors an option as to what charges they will pursue during trial. A capital murder conviction can carry a sentencing option of the death penalty or life in prison without the chance for parole.

Bennett has a court appearance on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and is being held on a $5 million bond. The attorney general’s office stated in a press release that its office is handling the prosecution at the request of the Labette County Attorney.

Bennett was sought by authorities on November 26th and apprehended in Independence, Kansas. Umbarger, 29, had been reported missing before she and her three children were found dead earlier on the same day.

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