Crime

Suspect in rape and killing of Overland Park woman to undergo mental exam

Korrey Rinke
Korrey Rinke

A mental evaluation has been ordered for a man facing a potential death sentence in the rape and killing of a woman in Overland Park.

A Johnson County judge ordered the evaluation for 23-year-old Korrey Rinke to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Rinke allegedly killed 46-year-old Julianna Pappas last August.

Rinke is charged in Johnson County District Court with rape and capital murder.

In order to be competent to stand trial, a defendant must be able to understand the nature of court proceedings and assist in his own defense.

In late June, Rinke filed a hand-written request for a competency evaluation, stating that he “has a history of mental issues impairing his ability to understand.”

His attorneys followed up with a request for the evaluation.

“Recent interactions with Mr. Rinke by counsel have revealed a sudden and severe deterioration in Mr. Rinke’s mental state compromising Mr. Rinke’s competence to stand trial,” his attorneys wrote.

A hearing scheduled Monday to address pretrial motions was continued to await results of the competency evaluation.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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