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Quadruple homicide suspect in court Monday in Labette County

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at 11:43 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 4:38 p.m.

The suspect in a quadruple homicide in Parsons will be in court Monday in Oswego.

A news release Friday from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office said prosecutors would soon make decisions about charges against David Cornell Bennett Jr. based on the evaluation of evidence.

Bennett, 22, is being held in the Labette County Jail in connection with the deaths of Cami Umbarger, 29, and her three children: 9-year-old Hollie Betts, 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old Averie Betts.

After Umbarger didn’t show up for work Monday, investigators found their bodies at their home in Parsons.

Bennett and Umbarger had dated a few times a few months ago before Umbarger ended the relationship, Umbarger’s sister told The Eagle earlier this week.

Schmidt’s office will handle prosecution in the case at the request of the Labette County Attorney, the news release said. Oswego is the county seat of Labette County.

An Independence police officer found Bennett on Tuesday walking along a street in the town, a few blocks from the hospital. He was talking on a cellphone when the officer spotted him shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, Independence Police Chief Harry E. Smith said.

Bennett, a Cherryvale resident, is being held on a $5 million bond.

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SGCountyDeb

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