Prosecution: more time needed to file charges against Bennett

PARSONS — A Cherryvale man who is a suspect in a quadruple homicide in Parsons will have to wait no later than next Tuesday, Dec. 10 to learn of the charges against him.


Prosecutors in the Kansas Attorney General’s Office on Monday convinced Labette County Judge Robert J. Fleming to allow them until Dec. 10 — or perhaps sooner — to have formal charges filed against Bennett, who was arrested last Tuesday, Nov. 26 as a suspect in the deaths of Cami Umbarger, age 29, and her three children: Hollie Betts, age 9, Jaxon Betts, age 6, and Averie Betts, age 4.


The prosecutors cited the Thanksgiving holiday break as well as the “complicated nature” of the case as reasons for the additional time to have charges filed against Bennett. Fleming agreed with the attorneys’ request for additional time, noting that the charges could be filed prior to the next scheduled hearing, which is Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Oswego.

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