Suspect in fatal fire seeks competency hearing

By: Associated Press / KAKE News -
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A defense attorney is seeking a mental competency hearing for a Hutchinson teenager suspected of starting a fire that killed his mother and sister.

Other motions filed this week seek an independent evaluation of 14-year-old Samuel Vonachen and access to his school records.

Vonachen is charged in juvenile court with two counts of first-degree murder after the Sept. 26 fire at the family's home. He is also charged with the attempted first-degree murder of his father and aggravated arson.

The Hutchinson News reports the request for an independent evaluation is in response to the state's motion to prosecute the teenager as an adult.

A hearing on the three motions was set for Jan. 2. A hearing on whether to prosecute the boy as an adult is still unscheduled.


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