Judge rescinds order sealing quadruple murder case records

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A judge has rescinded an order sealing court records in the case against a man charged in a quadruple murder in southeast Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 11th Judicial District Judge Robert Fleming on Friday rescinded the order he entered in May sealing court records in the legal proceedings against David Cornell Bennett Jr. Bennett’s charged in the deaths of a Parsons mother and her three children.

Fleming ruled his previous order didn’t meet the requirements of a 1981 Kansas Supreme Court case that said records could be sealed on the basis of “clear and convincing evidence” to ensure a fair trial.

Fleming says he’ll lift the seals Aug. 4, giving attorneys time to submit motions requesting sealing of documents that comply with the high court’s decision.

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