Brief Hearing Held For Man Accused Of Killing Woman, 3 Kids

By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)

PARSONS, Kan. The man accused of murdering a mother and her three children appeared in a Parsons courtroom via video Monday morning.

David Cornell Bennett, Jr., 22, of Cherryvale is suspected of murdering 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her three children last Tuesday in Parsons. He was arrested that night in Independence, Kansas.

Bennett asked the judge numerous questions Monday morning and at one point began trying to defend himself before the judge advised him to stop.

"I guess there was just a big ol' confusion, I don't know how it has to do with this whole case but if I'm accused of doing something ..." Bennett said.

Labette County District judge Robert Fleming then interjected, "I don't know where you are going with this but this probably isn't the time to get into that."

Bennett asked if and when that time would come.

"So will I have the chance to present my case and so forth and have a fair thing like everyone else?" Bennett asked.

Bennett asked twice during the proceedings if he had to stay in jail. The judge answered both times by saying that Bennett's bond was set at $5 million dollars.

The judge reminded Bennett that he found probable cause to hold him on four counts of murder, as formal charges are still pending.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case. The AG's office released a statement late last week saying they will evaluate all evidence before making charging decisions in connection to their deaths.

They had asked for more time to file charges because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

As a result, Bennett's official first appearance will be in-person in Oswego, scheduled for early next week.

He has applied for a court-appointed attorney.

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