Justices won’t halt mental exam for boy who killed 2 in fire

Sam Vonachen appears in court Friday, August 26, 2016 (KSN photo / Chris Arnold)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Supreme Court won’t block a mental evaluation for a Hutchinson boy who was convicted of killing his mother and sister in a fire.

The Hutchinson News reports that the justices on Monday denied Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder’s request for a temporary stay or injunction.

The request stems from a Reno County judge ordering Samuel Vonachen to remain in juvenile custody pending sentencing and then ordering that the teen undergo a mental evaluation. Schroeder says a pre-sentence examination is “needless.”

Vonachen was convicted in August of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges for the September 2013 fire that killed 47-year-old Karla Jo Vonachen and 11-year-old Audrey Vonachen. He was tried as an adult, although he was 14 at the time of the fire.