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Trial date set in Superior homicide case

Robert Lee Bennett III is accused of fatally stabbing his mother.

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Robert Lee Bennett III, right, is led away after his preliminary hearing in Superior on Wednesday, Oct. 7. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

A 2022 trial date was set in Douglas County Circuit Court Friday, July 30, for a Superior man accused of fatally stabbing his mother.

Robert Lee Bennett III, 40, faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide. His five-day jury trial is set to begin Jan. 10, 2022, with a pretrial conference Dec. 17, according to online court records. Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf requested the trial date, but told Judge Kelly Thimm that things were still moving behind the scenes.

Bennett remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail; a $1 million cash bond was set for the Superior man.

Superior police were called to 49 Norwood Ave. at 6:55 a.m. Sept. 29, 2020, for a report of a stabbing. The victim, identified by police as Cindy Bennett, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy indicated she suffered stab wounds to her arm, back, neck, face and head from a knife and a metal cooking probe.

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Robert Lee Bennett III

When questioned after the incident by Superior Police Detective Sean Holmgren, Bennett admitted to stabbing his mother, the criminal complaint said. He told police she had been acting “un-normal” and wanted to take him to the hospital, which he did not like. He reportedly told Holmgren that he threw his mother to the ground after she pointed a needle at him.

If convicted, the Superior man could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

RELATED: Suspicious death in Superior now suspected homicide The victim has been identified as Cindy Bennett. Police believe her adult son was the suspect.

RELATED: Cash bail set at $1 million in Superior stabbing case The Sept. 29 incident is the first homicide in Douglas County since 2017.

RELATED: Superior man bound over for arraignment in fatal stabbing case Detectives offered testimony about the Sept. 29 incident in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTS
Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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