Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett this week will be arguing a case before a jury for the first time since taking office in January.
The case is being prosecuted under Jessica’s law, and the defendant, Timothy J. Wells-Lee, faces a sentence of life in prison if convicted of all the charges. He is accused of molesting four girls ranging in age from 12 to 14 from 2006 through 2008.
During his campaign, Bennett said he planned to maintain a limited caseload that included several murder and sex-crimes cases. He was the prosecutor on the Wells-Lee case before the election.
Deputy District Attorney Kim Parker is a co-prosecutor in the case, which is being tried in the courtroom of District Judge Ben Burgess.