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Kansas man charged with capital murder, rape, criminal threat in deaths of mother, 3 children

A 22-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of a southeast Kansas mother and her three children a week after being jailed.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office also charged David Cornell Bennett Jr., of Cherryvale, with rape and criminal threat. And as a potential alternative to the capital murder charge, Schmidt's office filed four counts of first-degree murder in Labette County District Court.

Bennett is being held on $5 million bond over the deaths of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her young children. Their bodies were found in their Parsons home Nov. 25.

Parsons attorney Shane Adamson was appointed to represent Bennett. His office said he would not comment.

Bennett has a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.