Man accused of killing mother, 3 kids rambles in court - KCTV5

Man accused of killing mother, 3 kids makes rambling court appearance

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PARSONS, KS (KCTV/AP) -

The man accused in a quadruple murder in Parsons, KS, was in court Monday.

David Bennett Jr. is accused of killing Cami Umbarger, 29, and her three young children. He appeared in court through a video feed from the county jail.

He could face the death penalty based on a charge filed Tuesday.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed charges of capital, rape and criminal threat against Bennett, who briefly dated Umbarger. Friends and family say she called off the relationship and that Bennett began to stalk her. He also threatened to kill her and kill himself via a Facebook post recently, authorities say.

The single count of capital murder means Bennett would face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted. And as a potential alternative to the capital murder charge, Schmidt's office filed four counts of first-degree premeditated murder in Labette County District Court. In addition, Schmidt's office filed a single count of rape and two counts of criminal threat.

During Monday's hearing, Bennett wanted to talk about his case, but Labette County District Judge Robert Fleming warned him against making statements in court that could affect his case.

That didn't stop Bennett, though.

"I understand I got to probably go to trial and so forth. But I was just curious, is it necessary to basically have to sit here until this whole trial and get this thing figured out," he said.

The judge told him he could only get out of jail if he could pay his bail. He is being held on a $5 million bond.

Video provided by KWCH.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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