TribLIVE

| USWorld


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

Suspect in 4 Kansas slayings jailed on $5M bail

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Associated Press

Published: 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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. US Airways’ pornographic tweet won’t cost anyone a job
  2. Obama, House Republicans trade accusations in thwarting immigration reform
  3. Denver wife killed 12 minutes into 911 call, sparking inquiry
  4. AC/DC not disbanding, lead singer Brian Johnson says
  5. New York Police Department commissioner disarms post-9/11 intel program
  6. Vermont Senate OKs GMO labels as industry insists genetically modified crops are safe
  7. Census director defends changes, denies questions altered to inflate Obamacare success
  8. Tea Party flap averted fraud probe by IRS, Justice, emails show
  9. Pulitzers awarded for coverage of NSA spy programs, Boston Marathon bombing
  10. 1986 Warhol self-portraits up for sale
  11. Bloomberg to spend$50M on gun-control initiative
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.