PARSONS, Kan. —
The man suspected of killing Cami Jo Umbarger and her three children could face the death penalty.
Today, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed one count of capital murder in connection with the deaths against David Cornell Bennett, Jr., 22, of Cherryvale, Kan.
As an alternative to the capital murder charge, Schmidt filed four counts of first degree premeditated murder. The Attorney General also filed charges of one count of rape and two counts of criminal threat against Bennett.
Under Kansas Law, a conviction of capital murder can result in either the death penalty or life in prison with no chance for parole.
Bennett remains in custody in the Labette County jail on $5 million bond.
Umbarger, 29, and her three children, Hollie, Jaxon and Averie, ages 9, 6 and 4, respectively, were found Nov. 25 in their home at 415 W. 25th St. after the mother didn’t show up for work.
Authorities still haven’t released any information about the manner in which they were killed or the weapon used.
Bennett was arrested Nov. 26 in Independence following a manhunt.
Criminal prosecution is being handled by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office at the request of the Labette County Attorney.
Bennett is scheduled for a court appearance at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Oswego.