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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Trial set in attempted murder case

  • A Leavenworth man accused of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges. His trial is now scheduled for November.
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  • A Leavenworth man accused of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges. His trial is now scheduled for November.
    The plea was entered during an arraignment for Richard T. Bennett, 26, Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. Bennett is charged with 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.
    Kemp says Bennett is the father of her unborn child.
    The charges stem from a June 18 incident during which Bennett allegedly attacked his former girlfriend with a knife outside of a Leavenworth convenience store.
    Kemp testified during an Aug. 13 preliminary hearing that she suffered wounds to her abdomen, head and back. She said it appears her unborn child was not harmed.
    In court Friday, District Judge Gunnar Sundby proposed several possible dates for the trial before scheduling it for Nov. 4.
    Defense Attorney Clinton Lee said he has a hearing scheduled for the afternoon of Nov. 4 for a case in Douglas County District Court. But he said officials there may be willing to reschedule it.
    Sundby scheduled a pretrial conference in the attempted murder case for Oct. 10.
    Bennett also is facing a misdemeanor drug charge in an earlier case. Sundby scheduled a trial for the misdemeanor case for Oct. 10 as well.
    Bennett remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail.
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