Kansas federal prosecutors announced arson charges Thursday against two Manhattan residents who allegedly caused an apartment fire that killed a Kansas State University researcher.
If convicted, Patrick Martin Scahill, 20, and Virginia Amanda Griese, 19, could face life in prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a written statement.
The charges alleged that Scahill and Griese were responsible for the Feb. 6 fire at the Lee Crest Apartments that killed Vasanta Pallem, a 34-year-old postdoctoral researcher in chemical engineering.
Grissom declined to discuss any motive for the alleged arson.
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