Judge bars access in murder case against Hutchinson teen

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- A Reno County judge is granting a 14-year-old Hutchinson boy's request to bar public access to juvenile court proceedings over the arson deaths of his mother and younger sister.

Sam Vonachen, 14, is charged with first-degree murder in their deaths and with the attempted murder of his father. He also is charged with aggravated arson in the Sept. 26 fire at the family's home.

The Hutchinson News reports that Reno County Chief Judge Patricia Macke Dick also advised Wednesday that individual documents in the case may be sealed.

Prosecutors didn't object to the teen's request for a "protective order," but an attorney for The Hutchinson News argued against excluding the public. A hearing was held last month.

The state is seeking to prosecute the Vonachen as an adult.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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