HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) A 14-year-old Hutchinson boy charged with two counts of first-degree murder in a suspicious house fire that killed his mother and 11-year-old sister is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
The hearing will be closed because the charges were filed in juvenile court. Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder has said he will seek 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.
Authorities had initially said the boy also escaped the fire that engulfed the two-story house early Thursday. But Schroeder later said the youth was not at the scene when firefighters arrived but returned to the house hours later.