The case of a Leavenworth man accused of trying to kill his pregnant ex-girlfriend and their unborn child has been bound over for trial.

The case of a Leavenworth man accused of trying to kill his pregnant ex-girlfriend and their unborn child has been bound over for trial.

A judge's decision to bind over the case of Richard T. Bennett, 26, came at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon in Leavenworth County District Court.

Bennett faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder for the alleged attempted murder of Lachelle Kemp and the unborn child. Bennett also faces one count for allegedly making a criminal threat against Kemp.

The charges stem from a June 18 altercation that reportedly occurred outside of a convenience store at 501 Limit St.

Kemp testified during Tuesday's preliminary hearing.

Kemp testified she went to the store to get snacks. Bennett already was at the store and started walking toward her car as she tried to park.

After Kemp got out of the vehicle, Bennett said, "I got something for you," according to the testimony.

Kemp said Bennett grabbed a knife from another vehicle.

He allegedly stabbed her in the abdomen.

"He was saying that he was going to kill me and my baby," Kemp said.

She testified she suffered two wounds to her head and was stabbed in the back. She said she tried to defend herself during the altercation.

Kemp eventually got back into her car and went to the hospital. She received a stitch for her wound in the abdomen. She said the other wounds were not that bad.

Kemp said multiple tests were performed to make sure the unborn child was OK.

"Thus far, the baby is fine," she said.

Kemp said she was six or seven months pregnant at the time. The child has not yet been born.

Kemp said she and Bennett had been friends for 13 years. They had started a dating relationship at the end of September.

"It all ended in March," she said.

Kemp testified she didn't understand why Bennett allegedly attacked her.

"He's not that type of guy," she said.

An emergency room doctor who treated Kemp June 18 as well as her obstetrician-gynecologist also testified.

The final witness was Humam Alrammah, who works at the convenience store where the altercation is reported to have occurred.

He testified that he did not see the start of the altercation. He also didn't see anyone getting stabbed, but he saw the defendant holding a knife.

Alrammah said he didn't see any blood on the knife. He also said there wasn't any blood around the store.

Following the testimony, District Judge Gunnar Sundby said the prosecution had met the burden of proof to bind over the defendant on all three counts.

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.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant County Attorney Sherri Becker. Defense attorney Clinton Lee is representing Bennett.

An arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 23. Bennett, who remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail, will be asked to enter a plea at that time.