Prosecution: more time needed to file charges against Bennett

Until that hearing is held, Bennett remains in the Labette County Jail in Oswego on a $5 million bond. At Monday’s brief hearing, Bennett spoke to Fleming via a video feed from the Labette County Jail in Oswego while Fleming and the prosecution team was in a courtroom in Parsons.


The bodies of Umbarger and her three children were found in her Parsons house on Monday, Nov. 25. Umbarger’s co-workers at a Parsons nursing center alerted law enforcement authorities to the situation after they became worried when she did not show up for work.


The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has taken over prosecution of the case. Assistant Attorney General Amy Hanley, who represented the office, would not provide any comment to the media following the hearing. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will not reveal any further information about the case other than what transpires in the court hearings. Law enforcement authorities nor the Kansas Attorney General’s Office have not revealed the cause of death of Umbarger or any of her three children.


Umbarger, a Thayer native, and her three children were buried in Thayer on Monday.


Bennett, an employee with a Cherryvale-based roofing contractor, was arrested shortly before 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26 in the vicinity of Mercy Hospital in Independence after a day-long manhunt. Law enforcement authorities were tipped off to Bennett’s possible whereabouts in the Cherryvale and Independence area, however, a positive sighting shortly after noon that day at the Dollar General Store on West Main Street in Independence. Thus began a nine-hour manhunt that involved numerous law enforcement agencies and more than 100 police and sheriff’s deputies from across southeast Kansas. Airplanes and canine dogs were also used in the manhunt.


According to news reports, Benentt was found wandering a neighborhood near the hospital as he was talking on a cellular telephone. He was arrested without incident and taken to Mercy Hospital where he was treated for a hypothermic condition.

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