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Teen Murder Suspect Expected In Court Tuesday

(AP) — A Reno County judge is expected to hear arguments on the request by a 14-year-old Hutchinson boy to bar public access to court proceedings on the arson

Home burned in the Sept. 26, fatal fire

Home burned in the Sept. 26, fatal fire

deaths of his mother and younger sister.

Judge Patricia Macke Dick scheduled a hearing Tuesday in Hutchinson on a defense motion seeking a protective order to close all hearings, seal the court record and impose a gag order.

The teen is charged with first-degree murder of his mother and 11-year-old sister and the attempted murder of his father. He’s also charged with aggravated arson in the Sept. 26 fire at the family’s Hutchinson home.

The 14-year-old’s lawyer says putting the boy on “public display” could cause embarrassment, fright and psychological damage.

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

 

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