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Evaluation Of Suspect Sought

Wed., Aug. 27, 1997

Prosecutors want a mental evaluation for a boy charged with murdering a couple last month.

The affidavit was filed Monday by Deputy Prosecutor Joe Golden, contending that defendant Michael D. Jansen, has “been unusually devoid of any emotion” since he was arrested Aug. 5.

The youth spends most of his time alone in his room and does not converse with staff or other inmates, Golden wrote.

“This lack of emotion has been unusual for a person facing such a serious charge, and may infer more than mild depression,” he wrote.

Jansen, 16, of Walla Walla, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bail in the county jail.

He is accused of gunning down Lester Leroy Lake, 66, and Velma Jean Lake, 64, in their bedroom on the evening of July 24. They were the parents of his girlfriend.

Golden wants Jansen to undergo an evaluation at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake.

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