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.
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.