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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth man faces attempted murder charges

  • A Leavenworth man who is accused of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend now faces attempted murder charges, according to police and court records.
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  • A Leavenworth man who is accused of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend now faces attempted murder charges, according to police and court records.
    Richard T. Bennett, 26, faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder for the alleged attempted murder of Lachelle Kemp and her unborn child. Bennett also faces one count for allegedly making a criminal threat against Kemp, according to court documents.
    The crimes are alleged to have occurred June 18 outside the convenience store at 501 Limit St., according to police and court documents.
    Each of the attempted first-degree murder charges includes an alternative charge of attempted second-degree murder. The charge for the alleged attempted murder of Kemp also includes an alternative charge of aggravated battery. The charge for the alleged attempted murder of the unborn child also includes an alternative charge of attempted aggravated battery.
    Bennett initially had been charged in Leavenworth County District Court only with aggravated battery and making a criminal threat. But an amended complaint with the new charges was filed Tuesday morning, court records show.
    Bennett had been scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in the case Tuesday afternoon. But defense attorney Clinton Lee requested a continuance.
    Lee asked for the continuance in light of the amended charges as well as the fact that both sides are still awaiting reports and other discovery evidence.
    "There are some medical records and what not that are involved," Lee said.
    The case was continued until July 24. The next court appearance is scheduled as a status hearing.
    Bennett allegedly stabbed Kemp several times. She was taken to the hospital where she received stitches, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    The deputy chief said Bennett apparently is the child's father.
    Bennett remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail.
    A separate case is pending against Bennett in Leavenworth County District Court. In that case, he faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.
    Bennett initially had been charged with a felony drug charge in that case, but it has been amended to a misdemeanor.
    Lee said the prosecution has made a plea offer to Bennett in this case, but the defendant would like more time to consider the offer. Lee requested a continuance in this case as well.

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