| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Suspect in 4 Kansas slayings jailed on $5M bail

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

PARSONS, Kan. — A man suspected in the deaths of a young mother and her three children is being held on $5 million bail after police captured him walking outside in frigid temperatures and wearing sodden clothes in a southeastern Kansas city.

David Cornell Bennett Jr., 22, was arrested in Independence late Tuesday, city police Chief Harry Smith said.

Bennett has not been formally charged in the killings of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her children, 9-year-old Hollie Betts, 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old Averie Betts. The bodies of Umbarger and her children were discovered at their home in Parsons, about 35 miles from Independence.

Authorities have not released details of how the victims were killed, who discovered them, or the family's relationship to Bennett.

However, Tara Umbarger, the victim's cousin, said Cami Umbarger met Bennett in September and that they had dated a few times. When Cami Umbarger tried to break off the relationship, Bennett refused to let go, her cousin said.

“He was basically stalking her and wouldn't leave her alone,” Tara Umbarger said.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Police: 3 killed, 9 wounded in attack at Colorado Planned Parenthood
  2. Floods claim lives in Texas
  3. Plasma burp seen in star’s destruction by black hole
  4. Chicago retail district targeted by protesters
  5. Chicago police videos of black teen McDonald’s death lack sounds; protests planned for ‘Black Friday’
  6. American held captive in Cuba for 5 years expected quick release
  7. Red tape blamed for lack of domestic fish farms
  8. Man accused of jumping White House fence left suicide note, authorities say
  9. FBI to begin tracking animal cruelty cases
  10. Obama signs $607B Defense bill but blasts GOP limits for Gitmo
  11. Forum fosters dialogue on cost of drugs