DA: Kansas teen waives hearing in fatal fire

Hutchinson fire, September 26, 2013 (KSN Photo/Nicholas Kieffer)
Hutchinson fire, September 26, 2013 (KSN Photo/Nicholas Kieffer)

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HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – A 14-year-old Hutchinson boy will remain in custody for now as he faces two counts of first-degree murder in a suspicious house fire that killed his mother and 11-year-old sister.

Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder said Monday the teen has waived his right to detention hearing, so no proceedings are planned Monday.

Schroeder says he will file a motion later seeking to try the teen as an adult on the murder charges and a charge of the attempted murder of his father, who escaped the blaze without injury. He was also charged with aggravated arson

The fire that engulfed the two-story house started early Thursday. Schroeder says the youth was not at the scene when firefighters arrived but returned to the house hours later.

 

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