Suspect in 4 Kansas slayings jailed on $5M bail
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.