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Foster Parent Accused Of Murder In Court

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RUSSELLVILLE -

By Michelle Rupp

Russellville-The man who police believe murdered a five year old in russellville appeared before a judge this morning to have his bond set.  38 year old Derek Benham is charged in the death of five year old Dale Young Junior.

Wednesday morning, Stacy Kelley, came face to face with the foster parent accused of killing her son in May of 2008.  Kelley is the biological mother of dale.  An autopsy showed dale died of trauma to his stomach.  At the time, his foster father told investigators the little boy was choking and he tried to save him with a modified heimlich maneuver on a counter top.  Earlier this week, police finally arrested Benham for Dale's death.

Stacy Kelley said she was please to finally see justice.  "I would like this man not to be around children if he is truly guilty of hurting children.  He doesn't have any business of being a foster parent or anywhere around children."

Prosecutor David Gibbons recommended Judge Bourne set bond at a half million dollars, but the judge reduced the request.  "The bond was set at 300 thousand dollars with some additional conditions, that he not go around two of the individuals that are associated with the case" said Gibbons. 

"I am excited and happy that this is happening.  I'm happy there is finally going to be justice for my son."

Derek Benham will be in Pope County Circuit Court on January 24th for plea and arraignment.