Arson suspect requests psychological exam

MARSHALL — A man charged in connection with a July fire that destroyed a rural Lyon County home was back in Lyon County District Court on Tuesday. Court records said a judge will consider a request for Tyson Hinckley, 33, of Marshall, to undergo a psychological examination.

Hinckley was charged with first degree arson, second degree burglary and motor vehicle theft. A criminal complaint alleges Hinckley broke into a home on 310th Street, and started a fire in an attached garage. The complaint also alleges Hinckley stole a van on the property and drove it into a cornfield east of the residence.

Area law enforcement and firefighters had been part of a search for Hinckley earlier on the day of the fire, when an abandoned vehicle was found in Section 16 of Stanley Township.

The garage fire was in Section 15 of the township, the next section over from where Hinckley’s vehicle was found.

Court records said that at Tuesday’s hearing, Hinckley’s attorney requested he undergo a psychological examination, as part of a mental illness defense. Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes opposed the request.

District Court Judge Michelle Dietrich will take the request under consideration, and issue a court order in the future, court records said.