MANHATTAN, Kan. | Federal prosecutors have charged two people with arson resulting in death after a fire last month at the Lee Crest Apartments in Manhattan.
Court documents filed late Wednesday charge Patrick Martin Scahill and Virginia Amanda Griese in the Feb. 6 fire that killed 34-year-old Vasanta Pallem, a postdoctoral researcher in chemical engineering.
Court records do not list defense attorneys for the defendants.
The federal grand jury that returned the indictment also found that the defendants acted in reckless disregard for human life during the commission of the crime of arson. The grand jury also found that they also created a "grave risk of death" to others besides the victim.